UNESCO lists Odesa World Heritage site in Danger
The United Nations cultural organization, UNESCO, designated the historic center of Odesa as a World Heritage Site and categorized it as being “in danger” during a committee meeting in Paris. It is in recognition of the historical significance of a Black Sea port that Russia has pounded with missiles as it seeks to retake Ukraine.
Odesa: UNESCO World Heritage Site in Danger
- Catherine Colonna, France’s foreign minister, intended to visit the city to demonstrate her solidarity, but the possibility of a Russian missile strike derailed her plans.
- In October, President Volodymyr Zelensky requested that the United Nations declare Odesa to be an endangered World Heritage Site.
- The U.N. agency expedited the process out of concern for the harm being done to the city’s numerous cultural sites.
What will be the advantage to Odesa being listed in the UNESCO world heritage in danger site?
- By placing the city on the UNESCO list, Russia will be under more pressure to stop from invading Odesa, and the city will have better access to funding and technical support.
- Odesa has been dubbed “the intercultural capital of Ukraine” by the city’s mayor, Gennadiy Trukhanov, making it a representation of Ukrainian identity.
- Since the start of the Russian invasion, at least 236 cultural sites in Ukraine, including temples, museums, monuments, and libraries, have suffered damage, according to the agency.
- The Black Sea-accessible port city in the south has traditionally served as a meeting point for various civilizations.
History of the place:
- Empress Catherine the Great of Russia founded it in the late 18th century, and today it is home to hundreds of structures that are significant to both Russians and Ukrainians in terms of architecture and culture.
- Despite frequent Russian aircraft attacks, Russian troops were unable to take Odesa last year; instead, their onslaught was stopped at the city of Mykolaiv, which is located about 80 miles to the east.
- Volunteers and Ukrainian soldiers have worked to reinforce certain structures, cover monuments with sandbags, and establish barriers as the attacks on Odesa have intensified.
- UNESCO committed to repair the damage caused by shelling to the Odesa Museum of Fine Arts and the Odesa Museum of Modern Art.
The director general of the organisation, Audrey Azoulay, stated in a statement that the city had “made its mark on literature, film, and the arts.” This inscription “embodies our common will to prevent further devastation of this city, which has always survived global upheavals.”