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THE WORLD HERITAGE
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Original title in Japanese: Sekai Isan
Our planet Earth is blessed with invaluable legacy from history and nature – from the pyramids of Giza in Egypt to the Great Wall of China and Ecuadors Galapagos Islands.
Our planet Earth is blessed with invaluable legacy from history and nature from the pyramids of Giza in Egypt to the Great Wall of China and Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. The "cultural or natural heritage that are of outstanding interest and therefore need to be preserved as part of the world heritage of mankind as a whole" for forthcoming generations that have been recognized officially and inscribed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is called a World Heritage site.
UNESCO believes that such treasures should be preserved and protected for future generations as irreplaceable properties of all of mankind, irrespective of country or ethnic group and adopted the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in its General Assembly of 1972.
Properties selected as World Heritage consists of "cultural heritage" consisting chiefly of historic sites and groups of buildings, "natural heritage" covering natural features and regions of value from aesthetic, scientific, or conservation point of view and "cultural landscapes" that represent the combined works of man and nature.
Preservation of the World Heritage sites requires people in a broad spectrum of fields and disciplines who love and respect cultures and nature to realize that they are all part of this planet, regardless of nationality or ethnicity, and to support the effort, both directly and indirectly.