Its role: to preserve and enhance

ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, is a global non-governmental organization associated with UNESCO. Its mission is to promote the conservation, protection, use and enhancement of monuments, building complexes and sites. He participates in the development of doctrine, evolution and distribution of ideas, conducts advocacy. ICOMOS is the Advisory Body of the World Heritage Committee for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO. As such, it reviews the nominations of cultural world heritage of humanity and ensures the conservation status of properties.
Its creation in 1965 is the logical outcome of the first interviews as architects, historians and international experts have begun early in the twentieth century and that had materialized in the adoption of the Charter of Venice in 1964. In light of numerous studies, conferences, symposia and discussions led by its National Committees and International Scientific Committees, ICOMOS has gradually built through philosophical and doctrinal heritage internationally.

Its values: to unite around Heritage

Cultural and social diversity, collegiality

From around the world, with diverse and complementary professional backgrounds, researchers, scientists, lawyers Heritage, economists, engineers, artisans, professionals, academics, private consultants, elected officials, state representatives, etc.., Put their ideas and expertise together in a spirit of collegiality and respect for their cultural and religious differences.


As the NGOs, ICOMOS is one of the three Advisory Bodies of the World Heritage Convention. Institution to prepare its opinion, it uses a network of experts, chosen for their expertise and experience, who advise technology independently and in accordance with the ethical rules.

Exchanges between countries, North-South dialogue, solidarity

ICOMOS, like any organization related to UNESCO's mission is the reconciliation of peoples and cultures. That's why it created the Fund in 2003 Victoria Falls which facilitates the mobility of members from poor countries. In addition, during the great natural disasters, ICOMOS provides experts and specialists in the development of emergency measures for the preservation, conservation and restoration of heritage (Haiti, China, Iran, etc.). It is a founding member of the Blue Shield.

Transmission and youth involvement

ICOMOS' mission is to raison heritage awareness. It participated in training activities, welcomes and involves young researchers and professionals around his issues and his actions. Raymond Lemaire International Fund awards scholarships to young hopefuls to complete their education or improve their experience.

Free Access to Information

Finally, ICOMOS supports open access, free and unrestricted, scientific publications, through the project "ICOMOS Open Archive: EPrints on Cultural Heritage".

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