Unit 3: To what extent should internationalism be pursued?
Protecting Common Human Heritage
Common Human Heritage
In 1945, the UN created
the United Nations Educational
, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO.
UNESCO promotes international co-operation
in the fields of education
, science, culture, and communication and works to create respect for the shared values of every civilization and culture.
UNESCO has created a list of human cultural features that are important to all people. They believe that peace will be promoted if people know about and help preserve this common human heritage.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site could be a cultural site or a natural site.
In Canada, Dinosaur Provincial Park or Waterton Glacier International Peace Park would be natural sites.
Cultural sites in Canada would be the historic district of Old Quebec City or the L’Anse aux Meadows of Newfoundland where the Vikings first came to Canada.
There are also threats to common human heritage.
Countries control what happens within their borders. They control how infrastructure is designed and how to affirm and promote their culture.
UNESCO strives to protect these sites.
However, there are countries that feel these plans interfere with their plans.
In 2001, the Taliban in Afghanistan destroyed two ancient statues of Buddha. They destroyed these “idols” in the name of Islam.
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