The 30th General Assembly of ICCROM will be the occasion for a Thematic Discussion on reconstruction of destroyed or damage historic cities entitled ‘Post-Conflict Reconstruction – Recovery and Community Involvement’, based on the symposium held at Louvre Lens in January 2017.
To support and buttress the discussions, two side exhibitions will be held, at FAO premises and the Egyptian Academy.
The exhibit Palmyra: Rising from Destruction, a joins a reconstructed archaeological element and a heritage objects related to that site. The exhibit is sponsored by the Incontro di Civiltà Association headed by Francesco Rutelli, former Italian Minister of Culture, which also carried forward the reconstruction of a destroyed Bel Temple ceiling, back to life through state-of-the-art technology. Continue reading…
Rome, Italy – The 30th General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), held from 29 November – 1 December in Rome, will provide a platform to stimulate dialogue on sustainable approaches to the reconstruction of destroyed and damaged historic cities. Delegations of ICCROM’s 135 Member States will meet at this three-day event to discuss and endorse the Rome-based agency’s strategic directions and work plan, and elect its governing Council. The General Assembly will also ratify the nomination of its next Director-General, nominated by the executive Council for a six-year period of leadership.
ICCROM’s current Director-General, Stefano De Caro, thanked the Member States for their participation and continuing support of ICCROM’s programmes to build capacities within the professional community for safeguarding irreplaceable heritage. He highlighted ICCROM’s willingness to put its expertise at the service of post-war heritage recovery and reconstruction in crisis zones around the world, leveraging heritage for the benefit of communities, particularly in Libya, Syria and Yemen, once conditions on the ground become safe enough to do so. Continue reading…
Considerations from ICCROM’s 29th General Assembly
Nations of the world have been in Paris debating ways in which to tackle climate change and its impact, and how to commit to shared strategies and joint action. This challenge requires global vision and cooperation, and all sectors have a part to play. In this regard, heritage has an important contribution to make as a driver for sustainable societies and human development. ICCROM urges the cultural heritage sector in its Member States to engage actively in this effort.
At the ICCROM 29th General Assembly, a thematic discussion on “Climate Change, natural disasters and cultural heritage: Culture cannot wait!” highlighted the need to integrate cultural heritage in the global risk agenda as a vital resource for building back resilient communities. Keynote speaker Jerry Velasquez of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) outlined progress towards this end through the Sendai Framework. However, as threats due to extreme weather events increase, a key issue is the lack of data to estimate the extent and value of heritage losses.
Other contributions from invited speakers also showed how working closely with communities and grassroots initiatives can raise awareness with younger generations. For example, in the Philippines, climate change and disaster risk reduction are included in secondary school curricula. Continue reading…
Following the 29th General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), delegates of Member States elected the new members to serve on ICCROM’s Council for the period 2015 – 2019. The members of ICCROM’s Council are elected from among the most qualified experts in the conservation-restoration field worldwide.
Abdulaziz ALMUSALLAM ALKHAALDI – (United Arab Emirates)
Yong-Jae CHUNG – (Republic of Korea)
Florencia GEAR – (Argentina)
Riadh HADJ SAID – (Tunisia)
Michaëla HANSSEN – (Netherlands)
Monther JAMHAWI – (Jordan)
Wataru KAWANOBE – (Japan)
Patricia KELL – (Canada)
Marie LAVANDIER – (France)
Anne NYHAMAR – (Norway)
Zoe REID – (Ireland)
Mohammad Hassan TALEBIAN – (Iran) Islamic Republic of
Also, during the 86th meeting of Council, the ICCROM Council elected its new Bureau:
Webber Ndoro was the recipient of the 2015 ICCROM Award, given in recognition of his important contribution to the field of conservation, protection and restoration of cultural heritage, and his lasting impact on the development of ICCROM.
Ndoro, Director of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, accepted the prestigious award on behalf of Africa, stating that “…the award is a result of a collective effort and therefore it is an award for Africa and all the women and men who have, over the years, have made efforts to ensure that Africa’s heritage is conserved not just for future generations but for current ones too.”
Britta Rudolff, award presenter and former Vice Chairperson of the ICCROM Council noted that through his teaching at the University of Zimbabwe, Ndoro has also had a strong influence “on a generation of young heritage professionals in sub-Saharan Africa.” From his first experience with ICCROM working on the AFRICA 2009 programme, to his current position as Director of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), Joseph King, Director of the Sites Unit at ICCROM, acknowledged his “passion for the cultural heritage of Africa and a strong desire to share that passion with a worldwide audience.” Continue reading…
Climate change and risks to cultural heritage will be in focus as delegates from 134 Member States meet in Rome for ICCROM’s 29th General Assembly, 18-20 November 2015.
The three-day event will celebrate the recently-signed new Headquarters Agreement with the United Arab Emirates, welcome the Russian Federation amongst ICCROM’s Member States, and see the presentation of the prestigious ICCROM Award, in addition to a thematic session on climate change and its projected effects on heritage. Member State delegations, observers and invited guests will meet to debate on challenges faced by heritage worldwide, elect new representatives to the ICCROM Council and ratify ICCROM’s biennial Programme and Budget 2016-2017.
We will be offering live web streaming for much of the meeting. Please consult the General Assembly agenda and tune in (GMT +1).
It is particularly challenging in these times to find words of encouragement for the conservation world. News arrives day after day from Syria, news of ongoing destruction of millennial monuments – glorious remnants of past civilizations – or of the brutal killings of scholars, such as Khaled al-Asaad, who dedicate their lives to caring for this heritage.
This has been another difficult year for the Arab region, with attacks on cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq, in Yemen and Libya, and in Tunisia with the assault at the Bardo Museum. At the same time, all around the world, living heritage is disappearing from cities and rural areas emptied out by conflicts, war and poverty, feeding an exodus of migrants and refugees that we see on television every day, together with the accompanying tragedies, the reactions of fear, selfishness, racism.
And yet, in this scenario of foreboding, many European cities have witnessed an unexpected and growing movement of solidarity, going beyond even the hopes of its inspirers from both religious and secular worlds, and opening up societies at first reluctant to welcome these people on the move. Continue reading…
134 Countries to Convene in Rome to Discuss the Protection of Cultural Heritage Worldwide
Delegates from 134 Member states will meet in Rome at the 29th General Assembly of ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) on 18 – 20 November 2015, to discuss the organization’s future directions. The 29th General Assembly opens at a moment when conflict and natural disasters have increasingly hit heritage and communities. ICCROM, created 60 years ago by UNESCO, shares methodologies and practices for the protection of cultural heritage, an essential element for peace and development. In deploring recent intentional attacks on heritage based on wars and conflicts, the ICCROM community will attend an event on 15 November in memory of Palmyra heritage expert Khaled al-Assad, organized by Religions for Peace, Sezione Italiana.
ICCROM wishes to celebrate and commend those Member States who are particularly active, acknowledging their efforts for the care of heritage worldwide. The United Arab Emirates has partnered with ICCROM to create a centre for Arab heritage. At this 29th ICCROM General Assembly, the recently-signed ICCROM-ATHAR Headquarters Agreement will be acknowledged in the presence of the Emirati delegation, headed by Dr Mohammed Khamis Al Muhairi, Director-General of the National Council of Tourism and Antiquities. Included is a voluntary contribution of Euro 7.8 million, the first such voluntary contribution of this magnitude. ICCROM draws attention to the importance of voluntary contributions which enable ICCROM to continue carrying out its worldwide mandate. The generous financial support from the UAE will go towards the ICCROM-ATHAR Centre, located in Sharjah, UAE, that will work with Member States in that region towards solutions for the risks faced by heritage in the Arab world. Continue reading…