Odessa, Ukrainian port city, gets UNESCO status

Odessa, Ukrainian port city, gets UNESCO status

Recently, the historic center and port city of Odessa, Ukraine, has been included in the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

According to UNESCO, Odessa is a free city, a world city, a legendary port, which has left its mark on cinema, literature and art. Thus placed under the reinforced protection of the international community.

The decision commits the 194 States Parties to the Convention not to knowingly take any action that could directly or indirectly harm a World Heritage site. Member countries also have to help in its protection.

Let us tell you that after the Russia-Ukraine war, the city of Odessa has been in discussion. Since Russia is also a party to the World Heritage Convention, it is also expected to protect it.

UNESCO has also added the Historic Center of Odessa to the “List of World Heritage in Danger”.

This would allow Ukraine to have access to technical and financial international assistance for its conservation.

Odessa’s location on the Black Sea coast helped it develop into one of the most important ports in the Russian Empire.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It seeks to establish peace through international co-operation in the fields of education, science and culture.
  • UNESCO is a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG). The purpose of this group of United Nations agencies and organizations is to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The headquarters of UNESCO is located in Paris and it has more than 50 regional offices around the world.
  • UNESCO was established on November 16, 1945.

Source – The Hindu

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