Recognising the similarities of heritage conservation and management between the north and south polar regions, the ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee (IPHC) was created on the recommendation of the XII General Assembly of ICOMOS in Mexico in October 1999 and subsequently confirmed by the Executive Committee in Paris in March 2000. It was formally established on 1 November 2000 with the intention of bringing together heritage professionals working in one or both areas.
Update: Read the new report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Ms Karima Bennoune, on cultural rights and climate change, at this page and on the website of the mandate. The report makes reference to ICOMOS’s submission to the call for inputs for the report.
The Blue Shield has issued a statement on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh with regards to the cultural heritage.
ICOMOS, as one of the founding members and Blue Shield Board member, fully supports this statement.
ICOMOS is proud to announce, as a member of the Culture 2030 Goal campaign, the Press Release issued on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly this week, which also marks the 75th anniversary of the UN.
With leaders gathering from around the world for the United Nations General Assembly, a key focus will be on the steps that need to be taken to ensure a strong, fair response to COVID-19, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Australia ICOMOS invites our global colleagues to join a special Marker Event to acknowledge the excellent work and wonderful support for the 20th Triennial General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS that could not be hosted in Sydney in 2020.
The GA2020 Marker Event will be held online on Wednesday 7 October 2020 from 8.00pm AEDT (Sydney / Canberra), 11:00 am CEST (Paris), 5:00 am EDT (New York).
At present, monuments of colonialists, oppressors and racists are being toppled in many countries around the world. A common theme within these responses is a demand for change in how we memorialize and represent history and how officially designated heritage specifically addresses racism, colonialism, enslavement and oppression.
Joining the debate spearheaded by organisations such as SAH, Historic England, The Architectural League, National Trust for Historic Preservation and others, and in order to remain a globally active and relevant organization, ICOMOS hosted a virtual workshop initiated by the EPWG (Emerging Professionals Working Group) and ICOMOS Germany’s AG2020 Working Group. The workshop took place on 19 July 2020 and was attended by members from a broad range of ICOMOS National Committees, International Scientific Committees and Working Groups.
As part of their joint mission to Beirut (14-16 September 2020), Marie-Laure Lavenir (ICOMOS), Peter Keller (ICOM) and Valéry Freland (ALIPH) had working meetings with the Director General of Antiquities (DGA) of Lebanon, the heads of several museums and libraries, and many representatives of civil society, including, in particular, the Lebanese committees of ICOM, ICOMOS, and the Blue Shield.
- ICOMOS mourns the passing of John Hurd, former President of the ICOMOS Advisory Committee
- ICOMOS Lebanon - Statement of Concern on the Destruction of Cultural Landscape Heritage
- Online Course | Climate Change and Risk Assessment for Cultural Heritage
- Results of the ICOMOS July 2020 General Assembly