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Tuesday 18 April 2017

The International Day for Monuments and Sites

The International Day for Monuments and Sites was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983. The aim is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation.
History:
On 18 April 1982, on the occasion of a symposium organized by ICOMOS Tunisia and a corresponding meeting of the Bureau in Hammamet, it was suggested that a day be established to celebrate the diversity of heritage throughout the world. From this idea, the International Day for Monuments and Sites was born. This project was approved by the Executive Committee who also provided practical suggestions to the National Committees on how to organize this day.
The UNESCO General Conference adopted the concept by passing a resolution at its 22nd session in November 1983 recommending that Member States examine the possibility of declaring 18 April each year ďInternational Monuments and Sites DayĒ.
While many countries and regions have established heritage days, such as the European Heritage Days celebrated each year in September, the International Day for Monuments and Sites presents an opportunity for all ICOMOS National Committees to advocate their shared cause together on the same day.
At the revival of this day in 2001, ICOMOS President Michael Petzet and the Executive Committee proposed that the 18th of April be used by all Committees to draw attention to a particularly endangered type of cultural heritage in conjunction with the annual Heritage at Risk report. Every year a growing number of ICOMOS National Committees all over the world are holding special events on the 18th April.
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Monuments and Sites

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Quotes & Wishes - Earth own monuments Earth own monuments

I am here tracing the History of the Earth itself, from its own Monuments.
Jean-Andre de Luc
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Quotes & Wishes - Footprints of history Footprints of history

Footprints of history on the pages of time.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
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Quotes & Wishes - Grappling-irons Grappling-irons

Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.
Joseph Joubert
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Quotes & Wishes - Itís all part of the package Itís all part of the package

I think people should look at learning about Native American history the same as visiting Washington, D.C., and seeing the monuments there. Itís all part of the package.
Chaske Spencer
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Quotes & Wishes - Itís very important Itís very important

Itís very important that we keep these special, wild places. It defines the United States. Imagine our country without our national parks and our monuments. Here in California, imagine if you didnít have in Southern Cal the Channel Islands or the great Highway 1, Big Sur up to Point Reyes up to the Redwood country.
Douglas Brinkley
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