Documenting our Heritage at Risk

May 10, 2017

 Documenting our Heritage at Risk

International conference, Rome, 19-20 May 2017

Documenting our Heritage at RiskThe deliberate destruction of cultural heritage has become a core feature of modern conflicts and a tactic of war. In this scenario, safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage is becoming increasingly urgent and imperative. At stake is people’s very identity – their sense of being, their culture, history, collective memory and future legacy.

When heritage is at risk of being erased from memory, documentation plays a fundamental role.  It provides a testament of those sites and objects of major significance to a community, and also guides any future actions on that heritage. Continue reading…

Italian Civil Protection and ICCROM Organize Joint Training

May 26, 2017

PROMEDHE - Italian Civil Protection WorkshopIn the immediate aftermath of a large scale emergency, the top priority is to save lives and restore communication and access to vital resources. Depending on the scale of the emergency, civil protection plays a pivotal role in the coordination of an emergency response.

Given their role as emergency responders, is it possible for national civil protection authorities to extend their roles to include the coordination of safeguarding cultural heritage during an emergency?

The Italian Department of Civil Protection, or Protezione Civile, believes so.  It has worked to secure and salvage cultural heritage affected during most of the emergencies affecting the country over the past 20 years, including the 2016-2017 earthquakes in Central Italy.

Building upon this experience, the Italian Department of Civil Protection invited ICCROM to co-host a six-day course, Specialized Training Course on the Protection of Cultural Heritage with PROMEDHE (Protecting Mediterranean Cultural Heritage during Disasters), in an initiative for the integration of the protection of cultural heritage in the Mediterranean region during emergency situations. Continue reading…

Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites

May 23, 2017


Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites

with special reference to China


 Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites

DATES: 14-25 August 2017

PLACE: Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China


SACH- State Administration of Cultural Heritage, China

CACH- China Academy of Cultural Heritage

ICCROM- International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

Management and Monitoring of World Heritage SitesBACKGROUND

The course is organized by ICCROM and CACH at the invitation of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) to benefit professionals working at World Heritage properties in China. However, the course will also be attended by international group of participants selected by ICCROM and funded by SACH. This course is a follow up to two successful courses on “Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites with special reference to China” organized and implemented 2011 and 2016 at the invitation of SACH. Continue reading…

Rome Appeal approved for the protection of heritage at risk

May 22, 2017

Rome Appeal approved for the protection of heritage at riskThe two-day International Conference “Documenting the Heritage at Risk” has successfully concluded. The meeting was organized by the “Incontro di Civiltà” Association, chaired by Francesco Rutelli, in collaboration with ICCROM.

On Friday at Palazzo Poli and on Saturday at the Ex-Planetarium of the National Roman Museum at Terme di Diocleziano, scholars and experts in art history, conservation and new technologies gathered from all over Europe, the United States, China and several Arab countries, as well as from UNESCO, ICCROM and major international organizations. Their discussions centered on the need to identify a universal code for cataloguing cultural assets at risk, in addition to adopting immediate commitments to intervene in war scenarios, crisis areas and environmental flash points, in order to safeguard affected heritage and to reconstruct what has been damaged or destroyed based on rigorous scientific criteria. Continue reading…

Iran strengthens its commitment to heritage

May 18, 2017

Iran strengthens its commitment to heritageIran’s Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has announced its allocation of $2.4 million towards the conservation of sites around the world linked to Iranian heritage.

This announcement follows a recent mission to Iran by Stefano De Caro, ICCROM Director-General, to visit important heritage sites and meet with high level officials.

De Caro travelled to Iran at the invitation of Dr Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Director of ICHTO and ICCROM Council Member, who facilitated official visits to some of the nation’s most significant heritage sites and institution and organized the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The signing took place in the presence of Mrs Zahra Ahmadipour, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and President of the ICHTO, and Mr Hadi Hamadi, Director of the Research Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Relics (RCCCR). Continue reading…

CollAsia: Packing and Storing Objects and Collections

May 16, 2017

Packing and Storing Objects and Collections

Tradition and Modernity

National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage of Korea, Daejeon

Packing and Storing Objects and Collections

Packing and Storing Objects and CollectionsDate: 11 – 25 October 2017

Place: National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage of Korea


  • National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage of Korea

with the support of:

  • CHA – Korean Cultural Heritage Administration
  • Korea National University of Cultural Heritage

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Abdallah Hamad Muhareb (1946-2017)

May 9, 2017

Abdallah Hamad MuharebDr Abdallah Hamad Muhareb, Director General of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), passed away on Thurs 4 May.  He was 71 years old.

Of Kuwaiti nationality, Dr Muhareb received his doctorate at Cairo University in 1987.  After a distinguished career as a cultural diplomat in various settings including at the Embassy of Kuwait in Egypt, Dr Muhareb was elected to the post of ALECSO Director-General in 2012.  He began his mandate in 2013 and was extended for a second mandate into 2017.

Dr Muhareb was a good friend and partner to ICCROM, establishing solid work relations with two ICCROM Directors-General, Stefano De Caro and Mounir Bouchenaki.  During his mandate at ALECSO, Dr Muhareb strongly promoted ALECSO’s collaboration with ICCROM and its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre on capacity building activities to strengthen capacities of official heritage institutions in the Arab region. Continue reading…

Kizhi Museum: guardian of wooden architecture traditions

April 27, 2017

Kizhi Museum: guardian of wooden architecture traditions

Kizhi Museum: guardian of wooden architecture traditionsOn 9 and 10 May, a series of events will be held at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR) in Rome. The series, entitled “Wooden architecture: learning from ancestors, keeping for posterity, teaching our contemporaries,” has been organized by the Kizhi State Museum, an open-air venue devoted to history, architecture and ethnography.

The Kizhi Museum is one of the largest museums in Russia.  The museum complex includes more than 80 wooden architecture monuments. The gem of this collection is the architectural complex of Kizhi Pogost, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Experts at this museum have accumulated significant experience in the field of conservation and restoration of wooden architecture. In order to spread the knowledge gained, the Museum has founded the Training Center for the Conservation of Monuments of Wooden Architecture and started the UNESCO Chair for the Study and the Protection of Wooden Architecture. Continue reading…

Agreement between Italy and UNESCO – 60th anniversary

April 26, 2017

Agreement between Italy and UNESCO – 60th anniversary60th anniversary of the signature of the Agreement between Italy and UNESCO for the establishment of ICCROM on Italian territory

The 27th of April marks the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Agreement between Italy and UNESCO regulating the establishment and legal status of ICCROM on the Italian territory.  This signing ceremony took place in Paris on 27 April 1957.

The speech of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Amintore Fanfani, supported Italy’s adhesion to the Statute, and the ratification of the Agreement between Italy and UNESCO regulating the establishment and legal status ICCROM on the Italian territory.

The document underlines the relevance for Italy to host the organization at that time, in 1958.

Fanfani’s speech is reproduced here in Italian and English.


Sok An (1950 – 2017)

April 18, 2017

HE Sok An
Photo: Pedro França / Ministério da Cultura do Brasil (cc-by-2.0)

ICCROM joins the Cambodian people and all lovers of heritage in mourning the loss of the Cambodian Vice Prime Minister Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An, who died on 15 March 2017.  He was 67 years old.

HE Sok An, as a high government figure, played an active and dynamic role in the management and conservation of cultural heritage in his own country and at an international level.  Cambodian heritage is exceptional, and Sok An reflected this in his strong commitment to it over the years.

As President of the APSARA Authority, responsible for the management of the World Heritage property of Angkor, Sok An attended all sessions of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) from 2004 up until February 2017, when he was absent due to ill health. He ensured that decisions of the World Heritage Committee concerning Angkor were always given the necessary attention, and played a key role in the protection, conservation and sustainable development of the site. He was also active in efforts to inscribe the Temple of Preah Vihear on the World Heritage List, which met with success in July 2008. Continue reading…