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International Day for Monuments and Sites
An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of April, repeating indefinitely
18 April every year. Celebrating the world’s built cultural heritage.
UNESCO established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites in 1983. It aims to raise public awareness about the diversity and vulnerability of the world’s built monuments and heritage sites and the efforts required to protect and conserve them.
Each year has a different theme, and the theme for 2017, was “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”, chosen in relation to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. You can find further details about the day, and about heritage in general, via the International Council of Monuments and Sites website.
This day is also commonly known as World Heritage Day. However, whilst UNESCO is the organisation that lists World Heritage Sites, this day is not just about the listed sites, but concerns all cultural heritage places and landscapes of international, national and local significance.
Why not celebrate the day by getting your students to nominate a local site to visit that they feel is important to their cultural heritage? Or get them to research about other sites worldwide? The UNESCO site gives details of success stories and successful restorations as well as world heritage sites in danger.