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New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) was an initiative started in 2000 to choose Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments. The popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland, with winners announced on 7 July 2007 in Lisbon.
The New7Wonders Foundation claimed that more than 100 million votes were cast through the Internet or by telephone. Voting via the Internet was limited to one vote for seven monuments per person/identity, but multiple voting was possible through telephone. Hence the poll was considered unscientific. According to John Zogby, founder and current President/CEO of the Utica, New York-based polling organization Zogby International, New7Wonders Foundation drove "the largest poll on record". After supporting the New7Wonders Foundation at the beginning of the campaign by providing advice on nominee selection, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), by its bylaws having to record all and give equal status to world heritage sites, distanced itself from the undertaking in 2001 and again in 2007.
The New7Wonders Foundation, established in 2001, relied on private donations and the sale of broadcast rights and received no public funding or taxpayers' money. After the final announcement, New7Wonders said it didn't earn anything from the exercise and barely recovered its investment.
Although N7W describes itself as a not-for-profit organization, the company behind it—the New Open World Corporation (NOWC)—is a commercial business. All licensing and sponsorship money is paid to NOWC.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, largest and oldest of the three pyramids at the Giza Necropolis in Egypt and the only surviving (and oldest) of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was granted honorary status.
In 2007 the New7Wonders Foundation contracted a partnership with the United Nations in recognition of the efforts to promote the UN's Millennium Development Goals". The UN posted on its website:
Great Pyramid of Giza
|Giza Necropolis, Egypt||2560 BCE|
|Great Wall of China||China||700 BCE|
|The Colosseum||Rome, Italy||80 CE|
|Chichen Itza||Yucatán, Mexico||600 CE|
|Machu Picchu||Cuzco Region, Peru||1450 CE|
|Taj Mahal||Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India||1643 CE|
|Christ the Redeemer||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||1931 CE|
|Acropolis of Athens||Athens, Greece||447 BCE|
|Angkor Wat||Angkor, Cambodia||1113|
|Eiffel Tower||Paris, France||1887|
|Hagia Sophia||İstanbul, Turkey||537|
|Moai||Easter Island, Chile||1250|
|Red Square||Moscow, Russia||1561|
|Statue of Liberty||New York City, United States||1886|
|Stonehenge||Amesbury, United Kingdom||2400 BCE|
|Sydney Opera House||Sydney, Australia||1959|
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