The fact that the essential preservation and utilization of the monumental heritage has been included in the multi-national effort that
the American governments pledge to carry out is encouraging from a twofold standpoint: first, because thereby the chiefs of state
have expressly recognized the existence of an urgent situation, demanding inter-American cooperation; and second, because since the
fundamental reason for the meeting at Punta del Este [Uruguay] was the common aim of giving new impetus to the development of
the hemisphere, there is implicit recognition that those cultural heritage resources are an economic asset and can be made into instru‐
ments of progress.