The "New7Wonders Foundation" was created in 2001 by Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber, with a mission to protect humankind's heritage across the globe. Under the motto "OUR HERITAGE IS OUR FUTURE", the Foundation calls on all citizens of the world to support it; through film, television, the Internet and books, people shall be alerted to the destruction of nature and the decay of our man-made heritage. Monuments in jeopardy, perhaps in a dangerous state of decay, can be saved by publicizing their beauty and highlighting their plight to the international community.
Fifty percent of all net revenue raised by the New 7 Wonders of the World Project will be used to fund restoration efforts worldwide.
At the end of 2005, the N7W panel chose 21 candidates from the top 77 nominees, and these 21 are now in the final stage of the competition. They are:
The final round of voting for the New 7 Wonders will continue through the end of 2006 and half of 2007. This is the biggest global vote ever to have taken place and millions of people have already voted for their favorite 7 wonders (a very special prize to anyone who guesses the seven I voted for...) .
The New 7 Wonders of the World, as chosen by the world's population using modern communications technology, will be announced during the Official Declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007 (07.07.07).