- Ohio gained its first World Heritage Site, becoming the 25th in the United States and one of approximately 1,000 sites worldwide.
- The African nation of Rwanda has had its first two inscriptions on the World Heritage List.
- Three new “memory sites” – places where an event occurred that a nation and its people, or certain communities wish to commemorate, according to UNESCO – were added during the session.
The World Heritage List has designated 42 world treasures as the latest UNESCO World Heritage List. World Heritage sites.
Since its creation in 1972The World Heritage Convention has inscribed sites of “outstanding universal value” and after the 45th session this month the total now stands at 1,199, the world body said in a statement on Monday.
The inclusion of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks – Ohio’s first World Heritage Site and the 25th in the United States – marks the first addition of a cultural site to the World Heritage List since the United States joined UNESCO this year, according to the Newark Lawyerwhich is part of the USA TODAY network.
Only countries signatories to the convention the creation of the World Heritage Committee and the list can nominate sites, and former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in 2017, citing “anti-Israel bias” due to UNESCO’s decision to recognize Palestine. Funding for the organization was cut off under the Obama administration after voting to include Palestine among its members in 2011, so Trump’s decision was largely symbolic. USA TODAY reported.
What does UNESCO represent?
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
What are UNESCO World Heritage Sites?
UNESCO seeks to conserve sites by encouraging “the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage throughout the world considered to be of exceptional value to humanity.” according to its website. “World heritage sites belong to all the people of the world, regardless of the territory on which they are located.”
UNESCO Sites in the United States
In chronological order, from 1978 to 2023, here are the 25 American sites inscribed on the World Heritage List.