ICOMOS is a non-governmental international organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world's monuments and sites.
Just when the outer limits of one’s ability to be shocked by the depths of human iniquity seem to have been exceeded, something more cruel and brutal comes along that defies the definitions of outrage and horror. Such is the case with the recent videos released by the "Islamic State" featuring a cruel orgy of killings and now followed by the wanton destruction of universally valued cultural treasures in Iraq.
Of course, the orchestrated intention behind these videos is precisely that: to continue to shock the world through an endless broadcast of increasing brutality. At the risk of unintentionally abetting the aim of the "Islamic State" to publicize their escalating crimes against humanity, ICOMOS cannot remain a silent witness to the arbitrary and unjustified massive extermination of individuals, communities and our shared cultural heritage and memory. A simple expression of repudiation on our part is futile and no longer an adequate response given the magnitude of the atrocities being perpetrated. The shared task to be assumed now is to stop the insanity through whatever means may be available.
For this reason, ICOMOS fully supports the call issued by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council in the hope that the international community can put in place the means to end this downward spiral into savagery.
After 27 years of loyal service as ICOMOS International secretariat's general handyman, Antonio Medina has to leave us. We wish him all the best for this new chapter of his life and thank him for his constant kindness, patience and efficiency.
The secretariat staff
On 20 January 2015, ICOMOS invited the States Parties members of the World Heritage Committee and IUCN to participate in a meeting to discuss the changes that have been and will be undertaken in order to improve the efficiency and rigour of the advisory work carried out by ICOMOS in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (1972) as well as to propose mechanisms for an upstream and more cooperative dialogue with the States Parties regarding nominations to the World Heritage List.
"Heritage and Landscape as Human Values"
9 - 14 November 2014, Florence, Italy
Held under the high patronage of Mr Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic and of Ms Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, this event gathered over 1650 participants and guests from 94 countries, and saw 73 ICOMOS National Committees represented. This encourages us to consider that this important moment in the life of ICOMOS is also the foremost gathering of heritage professionals world-wide.
Outcomes of the General Assembly
- Final communiqué - EN / FR
- Biographies of the newly elected Executive Comittee (2015 - 2017)
- Amended ICOMOS Statutes adopted by the 18th General Assembly
- Revised ICOMOS Ethical Principles adopted by the 18th General Assembly
- Resolutions adopted by the 18th General Assembly - EN / FR
Please note the new address of the ICOMOS International Secretariat:
11 rue du Séminaire de Conflans
94220 Charenton -le-Pont , France
Tel. + 33 (0) 1 41 94 17 59
Fax. + 33 (0) 1 48 93 19 16
E -mail: secretariat [ at] icomos.org
All email addresses remain the same.
As our new premises are in the same location as the Médiathèque de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, please present yourself at the reception desk of the Médiathèque who will direct you to the ICOMOS offices. We thank you for kindly informing us of your visit ahead of time.