The Ukrainian port has been placed on both the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger, as experts worry about the integrity of its historic city center.
It is not merely a symbolic gesture that a district or landmark has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List: the 194 signing countries have pledged to protect and preserve these sites for future generations. This is not the primary concern of the aggressor in a war, of course, but UNESCO can be a major help in reconstruction.
Odesa has been inscribed on the list in an accelerated procedure. The process was launched last summer, as the city had already suffered serious damage from the war and the international organization was already involved in the restoration of the Odesa Museum of Fine Arts and the Odesa Museum of Modern Art. In January this year, UNESCO identified a total of 236 sites in Ukraine (religious centers, museums, libraries, historical sites and buildings, and art installations) damaged during a year of hostilities and requiring special attention.
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