Topics & Committees
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, contributes to peace and security by promoting international cooperation in educational, scientific, and cultural reforms for universal respect of justice, the rule of law, and human rights. UNESCO's programmes contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Agenda 2030.
1. Protection of Historic Monuments in Conflict Zones
Portrayed as footprints of human civilisation and existence, historic monuments and relics are at stake, being devastatingly ravaged, sacrificed by unrelenting explosives and gunpowder. While World Heritage Sites selection might have been a way of protection of historic heritage and relics, multitude of invaluable heritage and less-renowned relics are still endangered, or have already been irreversibly destroyed. The Egypt Islamic Art Museum, the Iraq Great Mosque of Samarra, and the Syria Al-Madina Souq might have been the tip of the iceberg unless an international effort is made, in addition to the 2017 Resolution 2347 in pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals.
2. Preservation of Endangered Minority Languages
Aramaic, Olmecs, Koihoma and Yucatec Maya… Some of the little-known dialects or languages of civilisations or cultures that attempted a measly cameo appearance in Hollywood blockbusters are already found nowhere on Earth. Monuments, maybe… But more than 2000 lingering languages have been standing on their last legs and will soon be extinct and unspoken. Although the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity affirms the importance of cultural heritage protection, little has been practically performed to preserve the once-and-for-all uniqueness of a certain language or dialect pattern. How about Cantonese?