Despite Fears, UNESCO Withdrawal Won’t End Philly’s World Heritage Status; Claire Sasko; Philadelphia Magazine


USA – Independence Hall

We spoke to the nonprofit that promotes the city’s prestigious “Heritage City” status, which some worry is at risk.

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – a.k.a. UNESCO.

The international agency, based in Paris, works to promote global collaboration through educational, scientific and cultural strategies (as the name hints). 

Independence Hall is one of 23 U.S.-based UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so called for their lasting effects on world history. In 2015, the Organization of World Heritage Cities declared Philly the country’s first “World Heritage City” — one of 250 cities around the world to earn that status, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, Marrakesh, Paris and more. To qualify, a city must feature a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

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