ICOMOS is a non-governmental international organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world's monuments and sites.
ICOMOS South Africa has invited representatives from 17 African countries to be part of a master level pilot course in human rights and cultural heritage. The training, lead by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights University of Oslo, will be at Ditsong Museum, Pretoria from 13 to 17 March 2017.
Broadly, the course will cover:
1. General introduction to the international human rights system, including its institutions and mechanisms;
2. Specific introduction to relevant cultural rights and texts, as well as the UN and UNESCO institutional framework; and
3. Human rights-based approach planning tools for heritage management.
Update February 2017
ICOMOS International and ICOMOS Austria have sent a new letter to the Vice Mayor of the City of Vienna, Mag. Maria Vassilakou, expressing concern on latest developments - the cutting down of trees in preparation for new constructions; reminding of recommendations made by ICOMOS in March 2016 and renewing its call that "all construction plans should be stopped until the presentation of the WSE study and the conclusion of the necessary discussions that should follow".
The 19th General Assembly will take place in Delhi, India (please note the new dates) from 11-15 December 2017 (General Assembly and Scientific Symposium) with Pre-Meetings held 8-10 December and Post-Meetings and Events from 16-17 December.
The Scientific Symposium will take place on the issue of "Heritage & Democracy".
Click here for an overall programme of the 19th General Assembly.
Arcadia Fund awards grant to support 3D recording of endangered cultural sites in the Middle East and North Africa
Pilot phase to focus on Syria
Project Anqa, which seeks to preserve cultural heritage using 3D digital recordings, has received a major contribution from the Arcadia Fund, a UK grant-making fund whose mission is to protect endangered culture and nature. Project Anqa, meaning “phoenix” in Arabic, is a joint initiative of ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, CyArk, an international non-profit organisation, and the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale University.
Since more than 200 photos were uploaded to our Photobank in the framework of our Holiday Contest, the deliberations required time.
We have the great pleasure to share with you our prize list, the three most beautiful photographs illustrating a monument, a historic site, a World Heritage property or a heritage professional in the field. Their photographers are our holiday contest winners.
An international coordination meeting will be held in Istanbul on 4-5 February 2017, convened by the ICOMOS Focal Point for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the support of the ICOMOS Turkish National Committee and ICOMOS International Secretariat, as part of ICOMOS efforts related to the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, in particular the Heritage Target (SDG11.4) to “protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage” under the heading of “sustainable cities” (SDG11).