Rescuing Endangered Cultural Heritage in the Arab Region

October 9, 2014

Planning meeting takes place with international and regional organizations

group photo of meeting in Cairo for First Aid planningOn 29 and 30 September, ICCROM-ATHAR, UNESCO and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) held a meeting in Cairo to form national and regional teams for the safeguarding of endangered cultural heritage in the region. This meeting gathered representatives from Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan and Syria, who reported on risks to heritage in their countries, in addition to the local and national initiatives taken in this context.

The meeting discussed possible solutions for the ongoing crises, and decisions were made to implement regional courses to build capacity in risk management and the protection of cultural heritage in times of emergency. Continue reading…

UNESCO-ICCROM-ICOM Joint Mission to Egypt

September 26, 2014

From 4 to 9 September, ICCROM took part in a UNESCO-led joint mission to Egypt, upon a request from the Egyptian authorities. The main aim was to identify areas of cooperation with the national authorities and institutions, and to assist the Government of Egypt on major ongoing cultural heritage projects and challenges in the country.

Joint ICOM-ICCROM and UNESCO Mission to Egypt group photo

The mission team consisted of: Continue reading…

Heritage in Peril: Syria and Iraq

September 25, 2014

(Al-Arabiya News/Twitter)
(Al-Arabiya News/Twitter)

In the context of ongoing upheaval and destruction of cultural heritage, an event titled “Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria” was held by the US State Department and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on 22 September 2014.

ICCROM’s Director-General was represented by Dr Zaki Aslan, Director of the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Speaking to an audience that included Mr John F. Kerry, United States Secretary of State, and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Aslan highlighted how ICCROM and its partners are working to address feasible immediate and medium-term needs for the protection of Syrian and Iraqi cultural heritage. Continue reading…

France contributes € 30,000 to support activities in Africa

June 11, 2014

EPA course 2013-2015ICCROM is very pleased to announce that the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, through its General Directorate for Heritage, has transferred an extraordinary contribution of € 30,000 to ICCROM for a sixth consecutive year, in order to support activities in sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, thanks to a multi-year agreement signed between the Directorate General for Heritage and ICCROM on 18 March 2014, this annual contribution will be renewed until 2016.

ICCROM expresses its deepest gratitude to H.E. Ms Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication; to Mr Vincent Berjot, Director-General for Heritage; and to Mr Bruno Favel, Head of Department for European and International Affairs, for their continuous support. It is a demonstration of France’s commitment to the conservation of sub-Saharan African cultural heritage. Continue reading…

Director-General and President of Council visit Benin

May 13, 2014

From 22-25 April, the Director-General of ICCROM went on mission to the École du Patrimoine Africain  (EPA–School of African Heritage) in Benin. He was joined by the President of the ICCROM Council and Director of the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF), Ms Marie Lavandier, who was in the country for a workshop on the ‘’Preservation of African Image Heritage: West African Image Lab”. This workshop was co-organized by EPA, the Art Conservation Department of the University of Delaware (United States), the Curatorial Department of Photographs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (United States), the Centre de Recherche sur la conservation des collections (France), and the Resolution Photo association in partnership with the Centre de Recherche et de Documentation (Senegal).

The Director-General’s mission had three objectives:
1) To assist as Vice-President at the 7th Council of EPA.
2) To meet Beninese authorities in order to reinforce the links between Benin, EPA and ICCROM.
3) To see EPA’s recent achievements and contribution to various projects in Benin (for example, the Royal Palaces of Abomey, Garden of Plants and Nature (JPN), the Slave Route in Ouidah, and town planning and rehabilitation of public places in Porto Novo). Continue reading…

Vacancy Announcement: Director, Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA)

May 8, 2014

EPA LogoThe Council of the Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA) announces the vacancy of the position of Director of the school, beginning in September 2014. EPA is situated in Porto Novo, Benin and was created jointly by the University of Abomey-Calavi and ICCROM at the end of the PREMA programme (PREvention in Museums in Africa).

EPA is a postgraduate university institution recognized in Benin as an international organization that trains primarily African professionals from the 26 French, Portuguese and Spanish speaking sub-Saharan African countries. EPA specializes in the preservation and promotion of African cultural heritage (museums, archives, libraries, movable, immovable, intangible and natural heritage).

To apply, please refer to the Vacancy Notice, the Job Description and the CV/Application Form.

Please note that your application must be sent in French before 30 June 2014 to with a copy to

Memorandum of Understanding between ICCROM and ALECSO

March 28, 2014

Alecso-Athar-MoU-Mar2014-1On 21 March 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and ICCROM, at the ALECSO headquarters in Tunisia.

The agreement will reinforce a partnership between the two organizations in the implementation of activities hosted at the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, in the areas of capacity building and dissemination of course outcomes and proceedings. Signed within the framework of ALECSO’s Culture Sector and the Protection of Cultural Heritage programme, the MoU and related activities aim to strengthen capacities of official heritage institutions in the Arab region as well as promote cultural heritage on a sustainable basis. Continue reading…

Resolution on the relationship between archaeology and communities

March 27, 2014

During the 7th World Archaeological Congress (WAC-7), held 14-18 January 2013 in Jordan, a group of former ICCROM course participants organized a session on “The Past Lives in the Present”. As an outcome of the session, the following resolution was adopted at the plenary and has now been confirmed by the Executive of the WAC.

Resolution concerning the relationship of archaeology and archaeologists with extant custodial and affiliated communities

Proposed by Neel Kamal Chapagain (Nepal) and Michael J Kimball (USA), and derived from a WAC-7 session titled “The Past is Living in the Present.”

The archaeological community increasingly engages with local communities through research and educational activities including public outreach. Continue reading…