Cultural heritage damaged in Beirut: ICOMOS, ICOM and ALIPH conduct a joint mission

Marie-Laure Lavenirlebanese flag, Peter Keller, and Valéry Freland, the General Directors of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and the International alliance for the protection of cultural heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH) respectively, are conducting a joint mission to Beirut from 14-16 September and holding a press conference on Tuesday 15 September.

They will meet with the Director General of Antiquities of Lebanon (DGA) and members of the cultural heritage community to listen to their needs following the 4 August blast, and to set up concrete partnerships and projects with local actors to contribute to the rehabilitation of Beirut’s cultural heritage.

This mission follows the “Statement of solidarity with Lebanon and support to recover the damaged cultural heritage in Beirut” that was spearheaded by ALIPH and signed by ICOM, ICOMOS and thirty other major cultural heritage organizations and institutions globally. Under the terms of this text, the signatories pledge “to do all that we can to contribute to the complete recovery of the heritage that has been damaged in Beirut.”

First measures

Immediately after the explosion, ICOM put in place its emergency disaster risk management protocol, and visited Beirut to survey the damage sustained by local museums and identify their most urgent needs, in close cooperation with ICOMOS, ALIPH and Blue Shield International.

Concurrently, ICOMOS Lebanon, together with the Alumni of the Centre for Restoration and Conservation of the Lebanese University (Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture), assisted the DGA to establish an inventory of all the damaged historic districts and monuments by collecting archives and documentation, as well as identifying and assessing the damage with the aim of implementing a general rescue plan.

ALIPH, at the same time, released an initial envelope of 5 million USD to contribute to the stabilization and rehabilitation of the damaged cultural heritage. Included in the first projects is restoration work at the National Museum of Beirut, in partnership with the Louvre Museum and the DGA, and emergency relief for some twenty cultural heritage entities in cooperation with the Prince Claus Fund and the Lebanese Committee of the Blue Shield.

Further contribution

ICOMOS, ICOM and ALIPH wish to strengthen their contribution to the efforts of the Lebanese people and the international community. ICOM and ICOMOS are bringing their extensive expertise to assist local organizations with concrete measures to first stabilize and then rehabilitate the museums and historic sites, and ALIPH will finance concrete projects.

Press Conference Invitation

On the occasion of their mission to Beirut,
Marie-Laure Lavenir (ICOMOS), Peter Keller (ICOM) and Valéry Freland (ALIPH)
are pleased to invite you to a Press Conference in the presence of
Dr. Sarkis Khouri, Director General of Antiquities of Lebanon
and Ms Zeina Arida, Director of the Sursock Museum

Sursock Museum (auditorium) - Beirut
Tuesday 15 September 2020 at 15h

The conference will also be livestreamed through Zoom
Link Zoom:

Meeting ID: 862 5719 2024
Password: 929476

RSVP: Sandra Bialystok - sandra.bialystok[at]
Alessandro Gaballo alessandro.gaballo[at]

ICOMOS is a non-governmental international organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world’s monuments and sites.

ICOM is an international organisation of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the research, conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, present, and future, tangible and intangible. Alessandro Gaballo, Communications Coordinator alessandro.gaballo[at]

ALIPH is the only global fund exclusively dedicated to the protection and rehabilitation of cultural heritage in conflict zones and post-conflict situations. Sandra Bialystok, Communications and Partnerships Officer Sandra.bialystok[at]


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