It is the initiative of Bernard Weber that in order to identify New Seven Wonders of World he organized a Foundation, in 2001 at Zurich, Switzerland, with the blessings of Swiss Federal Foundation Authority. New Seven Wonders of World were to be chosen on the basis of global opinion poll. This initiative was originally supported by United Nations Economic Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), but later they distanced themselves from this project, calling it a work of a private agency.
The New Seven Wonders of World foundation announced on 07-07-07 the monuments which are New Seven Wonders of World as follows:
1.Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
2.Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3.Collosseum, Rome, Italy
4.Great Wall of China, Beijing
5.Machu Picchu, Cuzco Region, Peru
6.Petra, Ma’an Governorate, Jordan
7.Taj Mahal, Agra, India
The Giza Pyramid of Egypt, which was in the Wonder of the Ancient World was also granted a honorary site.
In 2007, the project on the New Seven Wonders of the World of Nature was taken up and the foundation received 440 nomination from 220 countries. However 20 wonders of Nature were short listed for polling throughout the Globe to select Seven Wonders of World out of them. In the meantime, two countries dissented on the basis of additional fee charged by the Foundation, which they considered unfair.
The following New Seven Wonders of the World of Nature were provisionally announced by the foundation on 11-11-11, 11 O Clock and the correctness and validity of polling are on verification process now to confirm the finalists.
1.Amazon Rainforest, South America
2.Halong Bay, Vietnam
3.Igauzu Falls, Argentina/Bazil
4.Jeju Island, South Korea
5.Komodo National Park, Indonesia
6.Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, Philippines
7.Table Mountain, South Africa
Some controversies have arisen in the project of New Seven Wonders of World.