I visited this week UNESCO’s website to do some research on a future entry for this blog, and found a press release from the institution titled UNESCO confirms that it is not involved in the “New 7 wonders of the world” campaign. The note denies any relationship between UNESCO and the initiative of entrepeneur Bernard Weber. Jorge Gobbi had already alerted about the use of the name of the UNESCO in an article in Spanish.
The complete text of the note can be found at the UNESCO’s website. I wanted to highlight here two paragraphs:
“UNESCO’s objective and mandate is to assist countries in identifying, protecting and preserving World Heritage. Acknowledging the sentimental or emblematic value of sites and inscribing them on a new list is not enough. Scientific criteria must be defined, the quality of candidates evaluated, and legislative and management frameworks set up. The relevant authorities must also demonstrate commitment to these frameworks as well as to permanently monitoring the state of conservation of sites. The task is one of technical conservation and political persuasion. There is also a clear educational role with respect to the sites’ inherent value, the threats they face and what must be done to prevent their loss.”
“There is no comparison between Mr Weber’s mediatised campaign and the scientific and educational work resulting from the inscription of sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List*. The list of the “7 New Wonders of the World” will be the result of a private undertaking, reflecting only the opinions of those with access to the internet and not the entire world. This initiative cannot, in any significant and sustainable manner, contribute to the preservation of sites elected by this public. “
I have little to add to the note.
Other entries of this blog on the election of the 7 new wonders of the world: