Stefano De Caro began the month of June (4-7) with a mission to Cambodia, upon the invitation of the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA). There he participated in the 21st Technical Session of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor. This invitation also came at the request of Mr Azedine Beschaouch, Permanent Secretary of the Scientific Committee and Special Advisor to ICCROM’s Director-General.
The Director-General then traveled to Amman, Jordan (9-11 June) for the inauguration of the MOSAIKON course on Saving Mosaics in Museums of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, jointly organized by ICCROM, the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), the Getty Foundation and International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM).
Throughout the month of June, Stefano De Caro received important visits including that of of H.E. Abdullah Aubal Mandhouw Saleh, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Yemen and the Ambassador of Iran, H.E. S.M.A. Hosseini.
The month ended with two book presentations. The first, on 14 June, was on the volume Il Seminario urbanologico di Jesi 1969. Attualità di Una esperienza, by Mario Canti, Maria Luisa Polichetti and Stefano Santin, which was organized in the city of Jesi, Italy by the Rotary Club. The book discusses the history of an ICCROM course, making it particularly relevant to the organization. The second book presentation took place on 19 June in Naples upon the invitation of Mr Antonio Maccanico, President of the Associazione Civita, for the presentation of the IX Report of association.
Of particular importance was his mission to St. Petesburg, Russian Federation, to attend the meeting of the World Heritage Committee (WHC), which took place from 24 June to 6 July. As an advisory body to the World Heritage Convention, ICCROM has a strong relationship with UNESCO, in addition to ICOMOS and IUCN and the many Member States, delegations and institutions that participated in the event. De Caro was accompanied by ICCROM colleagues Joseph King, Director of the Sites Unit and Gamini Wijesuriya, Project Manager, Sites Unit. Following the meeting of the WHC and at the invitation of the former former President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mr Mintimer Shaimiev, the Director-General attended the International Youth Model of the WHC held in Kazan, Tatarstan from 6-7 July.
Within the framework of the MOSAIKON Programme, Stefano De Caro, together with Catherine Antomarchi, Director of the Collections Unit and Zaki Aslan, Manager of the ATHAR Programme, undertook a mission to Los Angeles, United States. This was to attend a MOSAIKON Steering Committee Partners Meeting from 10-13 July, organized by the Getty Conservation Institute.
During the month of July, the Director-General also had the opportunity to meet with representatives of several partner institutions, such as the Prince Claus Fund and the American Institute for Roman Culture.
Throughout the month of August, the Director-General received several Member State representatives, including the newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome H.E. Mr David J. Lane, who presented his credentials to the Director-General. Mr Lane was accompanied by Mr Stenson A. Sanders, First Secretary, Alternate Permanent Representative.
Additionally, in the framework of a recently-signed Memorandum of Understanding, the Director-General also received the visit of a delegation formed by the representatives of the main political parties of the Republic of Korea. During this meeting the delegations had a chance to learn more about ICCROM’s activities and discuss how to strengthen collaboration.
13 September, 2012