UNESCO is currently implementing a project to develop a unique Buddhist Heritage Route for Sustainable Tourism Development in South Asia with support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). South Asia is host to a rich Buddhist heritage that is exemplified by the World Heritage properties across the region.
Religious movements and religions have had an important role in the history of the Silk Roads. It is notably the case of Buddhism, which had a considerable influence on the early trade routes. Within these growing trade route networks, Buddhism started its development from the Indian Subcontinent, and reached other regions along the Silk Roads. Buddhism dogma was to a great extent in favour of trade, and encouraged commerce and investment.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.