Climate change is a global problem which requires a global response. At the end of every year, governments from around the world meet at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (or COP) to agree targets and work together for climate action. Increasingly, these conversations are acknowledging the importance of cultural heritage, reflecting the longstanding ICOMOS belief that culture is integral to meaningful and human-centred climate action. This belief lies at the heart of an exciting new ICOMOS-based project which is bringing together heritage professionals from around the world to share experiences and work together for long-term, sustainable change.
ICOMOS, as a founding signatory, is asking the national governments that are parties to the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement to adopt a ‘Joint Work on Culture and Climate Action’ decision (JWD) at the next UN Climate Change Conference (COP28). Artists and cultural voices from across the world are uniting to call for climate negotiators at COP28 to put cultural heritage, arts and creative industries at the heart of climate action.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the three Advisory Bodies – ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN –are developing their first joint toolkit on climate action for World Heritage. Coordinated through the World Heritage Leadership programme, and with the initial support from the Australian Government, the toolkit will support States Parties and site managers to integrate climate change action in the management strategies of World Heritage sites.
Release of the Global Research and Action Agenda on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change | EN and FR
The Global Research and Action Agenda on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change, a scientific outcome from a collaboration between ICOMOS, UNESCO and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been released in both English and French. It is to strenghten synergies between culture, heritage and climate change science.
Climate justice and equitiy lie at the heart of climate action and should be the foundation of our response in the heritage sector. This toolkit provides an overview of the topic alongside some best-practice examples and suggested actions and activities for ICOMOS National and Scientific Committees. These include ways to increase inclusivity and participation, promote meaningful co-production and be more sustainable.
- ICOMOS work on Climate change
- The new Triennial Scientific Plan 2021-2024 – Cultural Heritage and Climate Action
- ISC Water: Statement on Water-related Spirituality for Climate Adaptation
- The European Cultural Heritage Green Paper is now available in French and Spanish