International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
Meeting with representatives from UNESCO on African World Heritage

On 29 November ICCROM received a visit from Muhammad Juma, Chief of the Africa Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and Dawson Munjeri of Zimbabwe. Mr Munjeri has been appointed by UNESCO to lead a Working Group that will develop a new strategy for African World Heritage, as part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Visit: Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

On 29 November the Director-General, Webber Ndoro met with Ola Wetterberg, Director of the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, Department of Conservation at the University of Gothenburg and member of the ICCROM Council. Also in attendance were José Luiz Pedersoli, Manager of the Strategic Planning Unit and Valerie Magar, Manager of the Programmes Unit.


The 32nd ICCROM General Assembly is fast approaching and will take place entirely online. Delegates will meet between 12:00 and 15:00 (Rome, Italy - CET) on 27 and 28 October 2021, with proceedings to be livestreamed each day.

A panel discussion at the IUCN congress

ICCROM recently joined practitioners, decision-makers and leaders from around the world at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, held in a hybrid format in Marseille, France, and online after being postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our two organizations are close partners on the World Heritage Leadership programme and share a commitment to improving conservation and management practices for cultural and natural heritage.

Soft Power Conference II

After the success of last year's inaugural Soft Power Conference, the second edition was held on 30 and 31 August 2021, with our Director-General Webber Ndoro, a member of the Soft Power Club, representing ICCROM at the event in Venice, Italy. The members of the club are strong proponents of multilateral dialogue and collaboration as a means for nations to promote their interests, in what is the essence of ‘soft power’.

Expression of solidarity for Haiti

As the people and government of Haiti struggle to recover from the devastating earthquake and successive rains, The Director-General and staff of ICCROM extend their deepest condolences for the heavy loss of lives and the extensive damage caused as a result.

A Message to our Member States currently affected by wildfires

ICCROM is deeply saddened by the loss of lives and extensive damage, including to heritage both natural and cultural, resulting from the catastrophic wildfires currently raging in many parts of the world.

ICCROM ready for action after meeting of G20 Culture Ministers

The G20 Culture summit was held on 29-30 July in Rome, hosted in the evocative settings of the Colosseum and Palazzo Barberini under the Italian G20 presidency. The two-day event led to the adoption of the Rome Declaration of the G20 Culture Ministers, calling for culture to be integrated more into national economies as an opportunity for sustainable growth and international cooperation.

Bridging Europe and Africa: youth in focus at Lampedusa

Director-General Webber Ndoro visited the Italian island of Lampedusa last month for a day-long conference exploring opportunities for strengthening ties between Europe and Africa, organized by the University of Teramo, the Municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa, the Municipality of Teramo, the Archdiocese of Agrigento and the Diocese of Teramo-Atri, in collaboration with Snapshots from the Borders.

Visit further cements alliance between ICCROM and ALIPH Foundation

ICCROM today welcomed the Executive Director of the ALIPH Foundation, Valéry Freeland, to our headquarters in Rome, accompanied by Andrea Balbo, ALIPH Project Manager. They met with Director-General Webber Ndoro, Valerie Magar, Unit Manager, Programmes, and Yasmin Hashem, FAR Programme Assistant.