The US has been one of the signatories of the United Nations Convention on the World Heritage List since 1988. However, it was not until the mid-nineties that the US took the bull by the horns and went on to include the previously excluded Manus Island in their list of the world’s endangered sites. Now, years later, after more than twenty countries had petitioned for inclusion, including the Philippines, and the number of countries requesting has risen again, with many more expected to do so in the future. In the past, there were concerns about whether the US was taking a soft-hearted approach to listing such Sites, as some felt it did not have the economic power and influence necessary to properly affect inclusion.
World Heritage Site Inclusion
However, the US has always used and continues to use its economic leverage to secure world heritage site inclusion for its historical and cultural sites. These sites are an important part of the US’ historic past and culture. Many of our forefathers and generations fought and died in World War II. World War II gave America a much stronger sense of pride and identity and allowed the US to be more closely connected with the rest of the world. Even those that did not fight in that war, came to visit and remind us that it was an important part of America’s history and our national psyche. That is why the US must protect its world heritage sites, or else these sites will suffer from lack of protection, which would hurt the US badly.
Protect World Heritage Status
Today, the US has just two World Heritage Sites, and it needs more to protect its world heritage status, and the sites should be upgraded and protected, rather than threatening. If the US wants to raise its profile and strengthen its economic position in the world, it needs to take the lead and start recognizing world heritage sites, rather than waiting for others to request them. For example, the US should immediately recognize the Volcanoes National Park in Costa Rica as a World Heritage Site.
Working Of UNESCO
UNESCO and the US should also work together on updating the List of World Heritage in the United States and include all the Unprotected Sites in the United States, because we need all the help we can get to keep our world heritage sites in the best possible condition, so they can still attract visitors from all over the world to visit. UNESCO is a UN organization, and if the US fails to sign up to such agreements, then UNESCO might consider making a decision against the US. This could cause a serious problem in the future for the US, its economy, its reputation, its leadership and the peace and stability we enjoy in our nation.
We should be very concerned about preserving the Unprotected World Heritage Sites. It is not enough just to save the World Heritage Sites. It should be a priority for all developed nations, because if we do not protect our world heritage sites, other nations will take over them and they will lose their inalienable rights to such sites and there will be nothing to save.