Iran holds programs to mark World Heritage Day

Iran’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts held several programs on the occasion of World Heritage Day, or the International Day for Monuments and Sites (April 18), said Director-General of the Preservation and Restoration of Historical Buildings, Textures and Areas of Iran Fatemeh Davari.
Davari announced that three scientific meetings focusing on climate change, such as floods, earthquakes and subsidence were held in Yazd, Isfahan and Ourumieh, IRNA reported.
She added that a meeting entitled, “Reading Local and Traditional Knowledge of Historical Textures,” will be held on April 24, in Shiraz, Fars Province.
In addition to holding two exhibitions on cognitive technology of cultural heritage and restoration developments, the people who made significant efforts to protect the cultural heritage were honored on April 18, Davari noted.
The concept for World Heritage Day was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in 1982, and was subsequently endorsed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) during the 22nd General Meeting in 1983. The date of April 18 was chosen to recognize the day in 1982, when the ICOMOS was established.
World Heritage Day aims to promote participation in the preservation and protection of historical sites and monuments for the benefit of future generations, and to raise public awareness of the significance of cultural heritage, according to Business Standard.
“Heritage Changes” is the theme for World Heritage Day 2023. ICOMOS said that the UN Decade of Action theme of “Heritage Changes” gives people a chance to answer questions on learning the traditional ways of knowledge systems in relation to climate action.

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