World Heritage is the shared wealth of humanity. World Heritage Day offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.
Protecting and preserving this valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community.
The origin is that On 18 April 1982 on the occasion of a symposium organised by ICOMOS in Tunisia, the holding of the "International Day for Monuments and Sites" to be celebrated simultaneously throughout the world was suggested.
The idea was also approved by the UNESCO General Conference who passed a resolution at its 22nd session in November 1983 recommending that the Member States examine the possibility of declaring 18 April each year “International Monuments and Sites Day”. This has been traditionally called the World Heritage Day.
According to ICOMOS, the “essential aspect is to mark this day so that it becomes not only a day to celebrate your National Heritage but also a day of International Solidarity in favour of strengthening and safeguarding Heritage worldwide.”
In the face of the ongoing covid crisis, the theme of ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility is even more significant. With the global pandemic, the organisation has suggested certain measures to celebrate April 18 through the power of the internet. On this day, possible activities can be virtual conferences, online lectures, press releases and social media campaigns.