April 18th is 'World Heritage Day' (International Day for Monuments & Sites), a day of celebration created in 1982 by the UNESCO World Heritage advisory body ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments & Sites) and later approved at the UNESCO General Conference in 1983.
The aim of World Heritage Day is to promote awareness of the diversity of the cultural heritage of humanity, the vulnerability of Sites, and the efforts required to protect and conserve these.
The theme for this year is ‘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.
In designating 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the United Nations General Assembly noted “…the importance of international tourism in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.
Inscribed in 2006 the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site acknowledges and celebrates the outstanding achievements of our forebears, in creating the internationally distinctive metalliferous mining landscapes of Cornwall and west Devon which are of importance to all humankind.
Enjoy your World Heritage Day.
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