18 April 2011: The Cultural Heritage of Water
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History of 18 April
On 18 April 1982, on the occasion of a symposium organized by ICOMOS Tunisia and a corresponding
meeting of the Bureau in Hammamet, it was suggested that a day be established to celebrate
the diversity of heritage throughout the world. From this idea, the International Day for
Monuments and Sites was born. This project was approved by the Executive Committee who also
provided practical suggestions to the National Committees on how to organize this day.
The UNESCO General Conference adopted the concept by passing a resolution at its 22nd session
in November 1983 recommending that Member States examine the possibility of declaring 18 April
each year “International Monuments and Sites Day”.
While many countries and regions have established heritage days, such as the European Heritage
Days celebrated each year in September, the International Day for Monuments and Sites presents
an opportunity for all ICOMOS National Committees to advocate their shared cause together on
the same day.
At the revival of this day in 2001, ICOMOS President Michael Petzet and the Executive Committee
proposed that the 18th of April be used by all Committees to draw attention to a particularly
endangered type of cultural heritage in conjunction with the annual Heritage at Risk report. Every
year a growing number of ICOMOS National Committees all over the world are holding special events
on the 18th April.