World Heritage Day, also known as International Day for Monuments and Sites, is observed every year on April 18th to raise awareness about the importance of protecting cultural heritage and to celebrate the diversity of the world’s heritage. In 2023 the event falls on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.
The theme for 2023 is “Heritage Changes”.
The idea of celebrating World Heritage Day was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in 1982 and was later approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 1983. The date, April 18th, was chosen to commemorate the day when the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted by UNESCO in 1982.
The main aim of World Heritage Day is to promote awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage, such as historic buildings, monuments, and archaeological sites. The day also aims to encourage people to appreciate the diversity of the world’s heritage and to participate in the preservation and protection of these sites.