While each year there is a specific theme for the 18th April, each National Committee is free to choose a theme that is most relevant to highlight the heritage issues in their nation or region. Below are a number of general suggestions for nationally organized activities to mark this event:

Opening of the exhibition on the Heritage of Astronomy, ICOMOS Doc Centre, 18 April 2009Visits

  • Specific visits designed for School Children, Youth, Students and young professionals of the field, Experts, the General Public
  • to :

  • Monuments and Sites
  • Conservation works in progress
  • Completed projects
  • organized by the National Committee through its Scientific and Regional committees emphasizing local issues that require attention, support and/or promotion among the community, authorities and experts.

    Spreading knowledge

    • Written: Articles in newspapers and magazines
    • Media: Television and radio broadcasts
    • Publicity: Hanging banners in town squares, principal traffic arteries, universities, related organizations, museums, cultural centers, libraries, cafeterias, calling attention to this day and to the preservation of cultural heritage through the reference of local and/or international examples.
    • Talks for Youth, Students and young professionals of the field, Experts, the General Public


    • Inviting local or foreign experts, personalities academics, students and the community.
    • Organizing discussions in cultural centers, city halls, and other public spaces
    • Exhibitions and competitions of photography, drawings, paintings, etc.
    • Publication of books, postcards, stamps, posters, etc.
    • Awarding prizes to organizations or persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage or produced an excellent publication on the subject.
    • Inaugurate a recently restored monument or rehabilitated site.
    • Promotion of “twinning” opportunities between various National Committees, defining areas for co-operation; exchange of speakers; organization of meetings and seminars, or the editing of joint publications.
    • The international Scientific Committee could be invited to debate around the chosen theme.

    The essential aspect is to mark this day so that it becomes not only a day to celebrate your National Heritage, but also a day of International Solidarity in favor of strengthening and safeguarding Heritage world-wide.



    If you are planning an event linked to 18 April or its theme – please inform the International Secretariat as soon as possible. 




    On 18 April 1982, on the occasion of a symposium organized by ICOMOS Tunisia and a corresponding meeting of the Bureau in Hammamet, it was suggested that a day be established to celebrate the diversity of heritage throughout the world. From this idea, the International Day for Monuments and Sites was born. This project was approved by the Executive Committee who also provided practical suggestions to the National Committees on how to organize this day.

    The UNESCO General Conference adopted the concept by passing a resolution at its 22nd session in November 1983 recommending that Member States examine the possibility of declaring 18 April each year “International Monuments and Sites Day”.

    While many countries and regions have established heritage days, such as the European Heritage Days celebrated each year in September, the International Day for Monuments and Sites presents an opportunity for all ICOMOS National Committees to advocate their shared cause together on the same day.

    At the revival of this day in 2001, ICOMOS President Michael Petzet and the Executive Committee proposed that the 18th of April be used by all Committees to draw attention to a particularly endangered type of cultural heritage in conjunction with the annual Heritage at Risk report. Every year a growing number of ICOMOS National Committees all over the world are holding special events on the 18th April.

    Patrimoine et paysages en tant que valeurs humaines
    9 au 14 novembre 2014, Florence, Italie


    Informations pratiques
    Merci de consulter le site web dédié à la 18e Assemblée générale et son Symposium scientifique. Vous y trouverez toutes les informations pratiques dont vous auriez besoin pour votre inscription; le programme, qui comprend une riche palette d’offre d'événements connexes, d’occasions sociales, de visites et de post-tours ; et les possibilités d’hébergement disponibles via le portail à but non lucratif vivafirenze.it.

    Actuellement, le site est disponible uniquement en anglais. Une version française sera mise à disposition ultérieurement – mais vu que le Secrétariat international de l'ICOMOS est actuellement pris par le déménagement à son nouveau siège social - la traduction ne sera prête que dans quelques semaines. Nous vous remercions pour votre compréhension.

    Le site sera constamment mis à jour avec de nouvelles informations au fur et à mesure que les préparatifs pour l'Assemblée générale et le Symposium scientifique progresseront. Merci de bien vouloir le consulter régulièrement – et ce, même une fois que vous vous soyez inscrits.

    Nous attirons votre attention sur le fait que l'inscription "early-bird" est disponible jusqu'au 18 août 2014, et nous vous invitons à profiter des frais d’inscription réduits.

    ICOMOS Italie se réjouit de vous accueillir tous à Florence et reste à votre disposition pour toute information complémentaire.

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    Documents de travail

    • Volume 1 (Juin 2014): Programme global préliminaire; Comité exécutif 2014-2017: Liste préliminaire des candidatures; Modification des Statuts de l'ICOMOS pour adoption par la 18e Assemblée générale.


    Autres informations


    Symposium scientifique

    Thème principal: Patrimoine et paysages en tant que valeurs humaines


    1 Partager et appréhender l'identité des habitants à travers le tourisme et l'interprétation
    2 Le paysage comme habitat culturel
    3 Le développement durable à travers les savoirs traditionnels 
    4 La conservation fondée sur les habitants et la responsabilisation des populations locales 
    5 Nouveaux outils pour la pratique de la conservation

    Téléchargez l'appel à communications  
    Date limite pour les résumés: 31 janvier 2014
    (Extension de la date limite: 10 février 2014) - clos 


    "Heritage and Landscape as Human Values"
    9 - 14 November 2014, Florence, Italy


    Practical information
    Please consult the special website dedicated to the 18th General Assembly and its Scientific Symposium. You will find here all the practical information you need in what concerns registration; the programme, which includes a rich offer of related events, social occasions, tours and post-tours; and accommodation offers through the vivafirenze.it non-profit portal.

    Currently the site is only available in English. A French version will be provided – but as the ICOMOS International Secretariat is currently busy with moving to its new headquarters – the translation will take some more weeks. We thank you for your understanding.

    Please also note that the website will be constantly updated with new information as preparations for the General Assembly and the Scientific Symposium progress. So please consult it regularly – even once you have registered.

    We draw your attention to the fact that early-bird registration is open until 18 August 2014, and invite you to take advantage of the lower registration fee.

    ICOMOS Italy looks forward to welcoming all of you in Florence and remains at your disposal for any further information.
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    Working Documents

    Volume 1 (July 2014) : Overall preliminary programme; Executive Committee 2014 - 2017 - Preliminary list of candidates; Amendments of the ICOMOS Statutes submitted for adoption by the 18th General Assembly. 


    Other information 



    Scientific Symposium 

    Main theme: Heritage and Landscape as Human Values 

    1 Sharing and experiencing the identity of communities through tourism and interpretation
    2 Landscape as cultural habitat 
    3 Sustainability through traditional knowledge 
    4 Community driven conservation and local empowerment 
    5 Emerging tools for conservation practice

    Download the call for papers 
    Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2014 
    (Extension of deadline : 10 February 2014) - closed 




    18 April / 18 avril 2001:

    Save our historic villages / Sauver nos villages historiques [English] - [Français] - [Español]

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