What is ICCROM?

This-is-my-heritage-MexicoICCROM is the only institution of its kind with a worldwide mandate to promote the conservation of all types of cultural heritage. We are an intergovernmental organization at the service of our Member States.

In an age in which economies, cities and ideas are rapidly evolving within a globalized world, cultural heritage provides roots and a sense of identity to communities and individuals. It is the essence of what makes us human and is a part of our daily lives.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims, “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.” Caring for cultural heritage ensures this right and promotes societal wellbeing.

ICCROM contributes to this endeavour by providing knowledge, tools and training to those who are working hard to conserve culture. We work at the international and governmental level, and with institutions and professionals on the ground. Through selected outreach activities, we aim to engage and inform new generations of upcoming professionals and the general public with an interest in heritage.

We also maintain an active, engaged network of professionals from around the world who are passionate about heritage and its protection.

We contribute to preserving cultural heritage in the world today and for the future through five main areas of activity: Training, Information, Research, Cooperation and Advocacy


ICCROM contributes to conservation training by developing new educational tools and materials, and organizing professional training activities around the world. Since 1966, ICCROM’s courses have involved over 6 900 professionals.


ICCROM has one of the world’s leading conservation libraries. The catalogue contains over 115 000 entries relating to books, reports and specialized journals in more than 60 languages. ICCROM also has a collection of over 17 000 images. In addition, this website offers comprehensive information on international events and training opportunities in the field of conservation-restoration.


ICCROM organizes and coordinates meetings to devise common approaches and methodologies and to promote the definition of internationally agreed ethics, criteria and technical standards for conservation practice. The ICCROM Laboratory is both a resource and reference point for conservation experts.


All ICCROM activities involve institutional and professional partners. Cooperation is provided in the form of technical advice, collaborative visits, and education and training.


ICCROM disseminates teaching materials and organizes workshops and other activities to raise public awareness and support for conservation.

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