ICCROM-ATHAR Agreement Renewed

October 14, 2015

H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and ICCROM's Director-General, Stefano De Caro On 11 October, H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah met with ICCROM Director-General, Dr. Stefano De Caro in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The objective was to discuss programmes and plans being implemented in the Arab region through the recently-established ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah. Established in 2012 by the ICCROM and the Government of Sharjah, ICCROM-ATHAR focuses on architectural and archaeological tangible heritage in the region including heritage collections, rich and varied historic places, sites and monuments.

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ICCROM appoints new Chief Management Officer

September 15, 2015

Sophy Janowsky Sophy Janowski joined ICCROM as Chief Management Officer in the summer of 2015. Ms. Janowski oversees all aspects of ICCROM’s operations and has overall responsibility for budget and finance, human resources, information systems, building and operations, as well as organizational development and resource mobilization.

Before joining ICCROM, Ms. Janowski worked as head of management and communications at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (OECD/CTPA). Prior to that, she worked as manager, resource development at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan where she devised global fund-raising strategies for institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) as well as the Chantilly Foundation, an institution dedicated to the restoration and development of the Domaine de Chantilly, a major historical estate and museum located north of Paris. Continue reading…


Webber Ndoro to Receive Prestigious ICCROM Award

September 2, 2015

Webber NdoroWebber Ndoro, Director of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, will receive the ICCROM Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of cultural heritage conservation and to the development of the institution.

The Award Ceremony will take place on 18 November 2015 in Rome, during ICCROM’s 29th General Assembly.

A renowned lecturer of archaeological and architectural conservation and former site manager of the Great Zimbabwe World Heritage property, Ndoro has been instrumental in helping countries on the African continent prepare nominations to the World Heritage List and creating a more balanced representation of World Heritage properties. As Director of the African World Heritage Fund he has raised a significant endowment while at the same time ensuring the implementation of quality programmes and activities in favour of heritage conservation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Webber Ndoro’s involvement with ICCROM began in 1998, when he developed a management plan for the Khami World Heritage property in Zimbabwe within the framework of the AFRICA 2009 programme. He quickly became indispensible, lecturing on a number of courses and working closely with AFRICA 2009 staff until he left the University of Zimbabwe to come to work for ICCROM full-time in 2002.

Through his leadership and vision, AFRICA 2009 brought innovation by incorporating new thinking to cultural heritage conservation: its role in sustainable development, living heritage approaches, and his advocacy work to create a better understanding of African heritage and perspectives.

While at ICCROM, Ndoro also edited two of the books within the ICCROM Conservation Studies publication series, Legal Frameworks for the Protection of Immovable Cultural Heritage in Africa, and Cultural Heritage and the Law: Protecting Immovable Heritage in English-Speaking Countries of sub-Saharan Africa. He also authored another title in that series, The Preservation of Great Zimbabwe: Your Monument Our Shrine (based on his PhD thesis work).


SOIMA 2015: Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage

August 19, 2015

Experts Ponder Ways of Preserving Priceless Sounds and Images from Extinction
Call for SOIMA 2015 International Conference

Brussels, 2-4 September – International experts from across the world this week will discuss ways to look beyond professional and institutional boundaries, actively listening to each other and sharing strategies to ensure a safe and creative tomorrow for sound and image heritage.  Their concrete strategies will sustain this unique heritage, creatively using it to promote social development.

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Staff departure

In recent months, ICCROM has said farewell to four beloved members of the staff. As ICCROM’s Director-General Stefano De Caro put it, “In a small organization such as ICCROM, every colleague who ends his cycle inevitably leaves a void and a piece of knowledge and experience, and it will be a challenge to fill that gap.”

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Director-General meets with the Ruler of Sharjah

May 26, 2015

Director-General and HH the Ruler of SharjahStefano De Caro, Director-General of ICCROM met with His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah at the Ruler’s Office. The two parties exchanged views on multiple issues regarding ICCROM’s international and regional projects, especially programmes related to the Arab region to be implemented through its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah (ICCROM-ATHAR).

The Centre’s future plans and activities were discussed. Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM-ATHAR, presented a five-year plan which was approved, confirming Sharjah’s continued support with regards to the Centre and allowing it to continue implementing its activities and plans in the region. Continue reading…


ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Centre Opens

December 24, 2014

ICCROM ATHAR Regional Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

On 14 December, the official inauguration of the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, took place in the presence of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. In attendance from ICCROM were the Director-General, the President of the ICCROM Council, Council Members from Arab states, and other members of staff who have been instrumental in providing training through the ATHAR programme.

As the Director-General pointed out in his inaugural speech, this is the first ICCROM office to be located outside of Rome, and it is an experiment which has so far yielded considerable success. The ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Centre has the responsibility of achieving results in a variety of ways: it will maintain the high standard of training for which ICCROM is famed; it will develop programmes addressing issues particular to the Arab world; and at the same time will keep the international spirit of ICCROM, which views heritage as a common treasure of humankind and its conservation as both a duty for future generations and a tool for dialogue and peace to be enjoyed in its rich diversity. This is increasingly important in the current climate of division and conflict.

The Director-General thanked His Highness for generously financing the creation of this Centre, as well as the inauguration guests which included representatives from national and international organizations, the members of Council present, and the Council President Marie Lavandier. A special thank-you was also given to the Director of the Centre, Zaki Aslan and his dedicated staff in Sharjah, who have produced excellent results, and he expressed his warmest wishes for their future work.

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New Member State: Russian Federation

December 17, 2014

ICCROM is pleased to announce the adhesion of the Russian Federation as a Member State. The adhesion of the Russian Federation brings the number of ICCROM Member States to 134.

The USSR joined ICCROM in 1991.  In a letter dated 01 April 1993, ICCROM was informed that the membership of the USSR was continued by the Russian Federation.  The Russian Federation was deemed to have renounced its membership in 1997 and was readmitted to ICCROM at the XXVIII Session of the General Assembly in 2013.

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