In a world as fraught with division as ours, it’s good to learn a thing or two about Unesco. And if this is the first time you’re hearing about them, you aren’t alone. Unesco stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and is a specialized branch of the United Nations based in Paris. The organization came together after the WWII in November 1945, and has been going strong ever since. OK, but what do they do?
Glad you asked. Unesco aims to promote global peace via international culture, art and science education. Or, as their website would put it, to “establish the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind and thereby prevent the outbreak of another world war.” Yeah. Unesco’s mission is to, essentially, save the world from itself. And that’s no small undertaking. Part of this mission is to protect nature, so they developed the World Heritage Committee to protect culturally significant land, much like how the U.S. began establishing its national parks. This was the beginning of the World Heritage List of globally protected land. The U.S. has 24 Unesco Heritage sites of extreme historical and cultural significance. Here are 10 that you should add to your bucket list immediately:Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park