ASVAB Paragraph Comprehension
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In the closing days of World War II, representatives of forty-four countries met in London hoping to create a culture in which peace would flourish. At the end of the conference, thirty-seven countries founded the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). One of the major initiatives of UNESCO is the designation and protection of World Heritage Sites, sites that are chosen for their cultural or physical significance.
Following the First World War, there was already a burgeoning movement to protect the world's historic and natural wonders from destruction. The real catalyst for protecting such sites, however, came in 1954, when Egypt made plans to build the Aswan Dam. Concerned that building the dam would flood the valley of the Abu Simbel temples, UNESCO began a campaign to save the temples. The temples were relocated to higher ground and, galvanized by their success, UNESCO made plans to preserve more of the world's wonders. In 1972, the World Heritage Commission was formed by UNESCO, with the responsibility of preserving sites of unique cultural or natural value.
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