KARACHI: UNESCO World Heritage Day 2019 was observed worldwide on Thursday to raise awareness about monuments and other sites which form a part of our history and culture.
World Heritage Day 2019 explored the theme surrounding rural landscapes. Heritage rural sites form an integral part of our lives especially because they include activities of agriculture and fishing. Hence, it is crucial to protect and preserve these sites which will only be achieved through efforts of combined efforts of the international community.
In the year 1982, the International Council on Monuments and Sites declared 18th April as World Heritage Day to raise awareness about monuments and other sites which form a part of our history and culture. UNESCO approved of this day in the year 1983 and since then the day is dedicated to informing people about the sites which have achieved the status of heritage, their importance and the problems involved in protecting these sites.
World heritage day also aims to seek recognition for the people involved in preserving these sites, especially scientists, archaeologists, geographers and engineers.
“World Heritage site is a natural or man-made site, area, or structure recognized as being of outstanding international importance and therefore as deserving special protection. Sites are nominated to and designated by the World Heritage Convention (an organization of UNESCO).”
UNESCO aims to identify, protect and preserve the cultural and natural heritage of the world which is considered to be of outstanding value to the society.