UNESCO And the Protection Of World Cultural Landmarks


world historical memories

Historians have been in the business of making these historical memories since the thirteenth century. These records document events that occurred hundreds of years ago. Today, a person can have the opportunity to develop world-historical memories, by developing a personal archive of their own.

Villanova University

A large brick building with grass and trees

History Major at Villanova University, Paul Begley is an avid collector of world historical objects. He is passionate about world cultures, wars, and history. As a college student, he used his knowledge of world culture to pursue his doctorate degree. In his spare time, he has assembled a world-wide network of people who share his passion for world cultures, history, and artifacts.

Dr. Begley’s passion for world cultures has developed into a plan to create a computer database of all world historical information. By creating this large database, he hopes to bring accessibility to previously unknown works of art, literature, and history to all people around the world. In this book, he presents his vision of what this world-historical museum will look like.

World Historic Memory

A wooden boat in a body of water with Itsukushima in the background

World Historic Memory is designed to help people develop personal archives of their own. By helping individuals preserve their own historic data, people will be able to pass these memories on to future generations. By preserving the past, people can prevent the loss of irreplaceable historic resources. In order to successfully preserve world heritage, we need the cooperation of many different people, such as teachers, students, conservationists, researchers, and others.

Our world becomes endangered when we fail to store and retrieve its historical resources. An individual’s world historic memory can help prevent loss of world cultural landmarks. UNESCO has stated that without the preservation of world cultural landmarks, “a sense of belonging and identity could quickly disappear”. This is particularly important in developing nations where ethnic identity is based on traditional family creeds and languages. UNESCO also states, “Loss of these intangible aspects of culture leaves people feeling disconnected from the past and denies them the ability to experience and understand their heritage.”

Collaborating With Other People From Various Countries And Cultures

By collaborating with other people from various countries and cultures, we can save the world’s historical landmarks. When the knowledge of one person about a certain aspect of world culture is passed on to another, the uniqueness of that culture is maintained. For instance, if one group of people knows all about the trenches of World War II, they can document this in an artistic way. However, when another group of people from a completely different country views it, they will have a different point of view. Even a single frame of a painting can tell two different stories about the same subject. By working with others from various cultures and historical eras, we can work together to preserve our world cultural landmarks.

Bottom Lines

UNESCO declared in 1996 that there are no plans to increase the size of the World Heritage List. The increasing trend of tourists visiting certain areas around the world has resulted in people losing sight of the value of these sites for their cultural and historical purposes. UNESCO should remind its members to protect the world’s heritage and to take responsibility for preserving our precious moments in time. UNESCO is truly a great organization dedicated to preserving world heritage.

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