UNESCO World Heritage Sites By: Jack Konopka and Lex Decker

UNESCO was founded in 1945 with the purpose of creating "holistic policies that are capable of addressing the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development." Since then UNESCO has worked to provide this development for millions around the world. UNESCO continues to create networks between nations mobilizing for education, building intercultural understanding, pursuing scientific cooperation and protecting freedom of expression.

The Lost City of Petra (located in the Jordanian Desert)

The Lost City of Petra is a ancient city cut into the cliffs in the Southwestern corner of the Jordanian desert. It has been featured numerous times in pop culture in movies like “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen”

The Wadi Rum Protected Area (located in Jordan)

The Wadi Rum Protected Area (WRPA) located in Jordan is a mixed heritage site known for its natural beauty, cultural significance and numerous human made inscriptions. These inscriptions demonstrate how humans progressed in the Arabian Peninsula from herders to farmers and finally, an urban society.

The City of Damascus (Located in Syria)

The Ancient City of Damascus is a venerable city located in Syria. It is currently a world heritage site listed as "in danger" because of local terrorist activity from terrorist groups ISIS. The city’s importance lies in it's age and its purpose as a trade causeway between Africa and Asia.

European United Nations Headquarters

In Europe there is a vast concentration of cultural sites compared to other regions of the world like the Middle East which have similar importance. This could be a result of the U.N.’s Euro-Centric mindset that can diminish the value of other cultural heritage in the UN's eyes.

Ani Turkey (Archaeological Site)

The cultural significance the Site of Ani possesses revolves around its representation of architectural progression in the middle ages from 600 C.E. to 1200 C.E.. These inscribed properties are important because they show the cultural importance of lesser known sites around the world.

United Nations Site

Cultural Heritage is defined as "an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation". Cultural significance is important because it helps others to know about and value other cultures both past and present, and helps those with cultural background to connect to others with different ones because of this. The heritage cycle is a process which describes the steps taken for a person to value other cultures, it is as follows: "In order to understand cultural heritage, a person must see value in it. By valuing it, people begin to care about it and begin to enjoy their heritage. Once they enjoy it, the heritage becomes much easier to understand." Through the perseveration of this culture and rich heritage, the understanding, valuing and eventually enjoying of other cultures will happen and result in a more culturally diverse and historically rich society.

Jerusalem (located in Israel)

Jerusalem has cultural significance because it is home to significant religious sites and history for Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It should be preserved for future generations because it is home to rich and diverse culture and history that millions of people can learn about. Jerusalem holds sites that are the foundation for three of the world’s largest religions. This means that without it, a strong, tangible connection to the past will be gone because these sites are no longer. Tangible things are often a rarity among religions because most religions are built in believing what you can’t see or touch. These sites are real, tangible ways for Christians, Muslims and Jews to connect with their most central beliefs because of this Jerusalem and its sites must be preserved.

United Nations New York City

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