United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Topic 1: Destruction of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Currently there are 1092 sites identified by UNESCO as a “world heritage site” or a landmark which has cultural, historical, scientific or other significance that deems it worthy of international protection. Many of these sites, however, have begun to experience and be affected by several different destructive actions, including war and mass tourism. World heritage sites also attract mass tourism, resulting in a rise in foot traffic and needed surrounding commercialization, both of which can often be supported by the country in which the site is located in.  UNESCO now needs to evaluate what steps it can now take in order to protect and support its world heritage sites.

Topic 2: Education and Awareness of Dying Marginalized Cultures

Culture serves as one of, if not the main, focuses of UNESCO. Currently, as the world becomes more and more interconnected through the power of technology, several minority cultures in countries all around the world are dying, falling to either the more dominant culture of the country or popular culture. This includes the loss of languages and traditions, as younger generations turn to mainstream culture. As the leading international proprietor of cultural awareness, UNESCO should look at different solutions at providing awareness and education towards keeping minority cultures alive due to the importance they play in world heritage and history.

Director: Katie Rys