Sudan Celebrates World Heritage Day

Haffiya Elyas 

April 18th, World Heritage Day, which is known as the International Monuments and Sites Day, celebrates the work carried out by the ICOMOS – International Council on Monuments and Sites. The day is all about increasing the awareness of the importance of the diversity of cultural heritage and preserving it for generations in the future. Ancient monuments and buildings are an asset to us all around the world. However, they need to be protected to ensure that they continue to be an asset for years and years to come. Therefore, the day is a collective effort of communities around the globe.

On this day, several different events happen all over the world. This includes a wide range of activities, conferences, and visits to heritage sites and monuments. For those who are unaware, a heritage site is a place that is of cultural significance. It preserves the legacy of intangible attributes and physical artifacts of a society or group that is inherited from previous generations.

The President of the National Union for Folklore Heritage, Dr. Salah El-Din Farajallah Yaqoub, confirmed that civil society organizations are the ones that build the States, calling during Suna Forum on the occasion of World Heritage Day on the government to support civil society organizations, saying that heritage has mechanisms of knowledge based on instinct,  

He indicated that heritage has two positive dimensions that people follow and people avoid, stressing that there must be a correlative relationship between culture and science, and they count on establishing a logical relationship between the components of heritage in Sudan.

Dr. Faragallah added that nationalism is the unity of the geographical field, religion, thought and the common desire to live without extremism or racism, and it is built through tolerance and convergence.

Secretary-General of the Union, Tahir Suleiman Teh said that the celebration of the World Heritage Day comes to express appreciation for heritage, and it is an international celebration under the auspices of UNESCO, aims to protect human heritage, Sudanese identity, strengthening identity and respect for cultural diversity, achieving peace and sustainable development, preserving heritage from all dangers, enhancing material benefit, defining the role of civil society in international agreements and protecting heritage owners from infringement.

The International Day for Monuments and Sites was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983. The aim is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability, and the efforts required for their protection and conservation. Later in 1983, UNESCO adopted the idea during the 22nd General Conference. To restore and conserve historical cities, and dying ancient tribes, World Heritage Day is being observed. The day also sheds light on history.

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