| ICCROM signs agreement with Korean Cultural Heritage Administration
30 May. ICCROM is pleased to announce that on 18 May 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of the Republic of Korea and ICCROM regarding cooperation on the conservation, education, training and research of cultural heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region. This five-year MOU will lead to the establishment an ICCROM/CHA Funds-in-Trust, generously provided for by the Republic of Korea.
The Director-General and staff were honoured to receive the high-level delegation, headed by the Administrator of CHA, Mr Kim Chan, at the ICCROM headquarters for the signing ceremony of the agreement.
The objective of this MOU is to build cooperation and assist developing countries in the Asia-Pacific Region in the design, development and implementation of education, training and research activities for institutional and professional capacity building in cultural heritage conservation. This collaboration will provide an exciting opportunity for the two institutions to pool their experience and ideas, and engage in innovative thinking and actions with the professional community in this vibrant region.
Mr Kim was accompanied by Mr Kyunghoon Yi, the Director of International Affairs Division of the Cultural Heritage Administration, and Dr Sujeong Lee, a project manager of the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. During their stay in Rome, the Korean delegation also had the opportunity to visit Italian colleagues at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR) and the Colosseum, to discuss the current approaches to conservation education and restoration projects.
On the occasion of the signing of the MOU, Stefano de Caro received from Mr Kim a traditional textile called Jogakb (patched wrapping cloth), made by a nationally designated “living heritage” crafts master. This object of shimmering beauty will be a constant reminder of the generous spirit with which the Korean nation has come to contribute to the strengthening of conservation worldwide.
30 May, 2012