Unit 3: To what extent should internationalism be pursued?

Protecting Common Human Heritage

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Protecting 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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