Programme of Activities and Budget 2024-2025

The ICCROM Programme of Activities and Budget (PAB) for the 2024-2025 biennium has been developed in response to the Strategic Directions established by Council and approved by the General Assembly for 2018-2025.

The PAB is also underpinned by ICCROM’s commitment to the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals and ICCROM’s core values.

In this last biennium of the 2018-2025 strategic cycle, ICCROM will seek to consolidate the achievements of the past six years dedicated to addressing world concerns for cultural heritage, creating a diverse and inclusive global network, and strengthening and transforming the organization for the future. The latter includes a restructured, rebranded, and digitally transformed ICCROM that works more transparently and efficiently, has a stronger presence, and provides enhanced services and resources for its Member States. We will also evaluate the outcomes of our programmes and activities in the 2018-2025 period, demonstrating the relevance of ICCROM’s work to Member States and collecting meaningful data for ongoing improvements.

In preparation for the next strategic cycle, the Secretariat will work closely with the ICCROM Council to support the development of the Strategic Directions and Objectives for 2026-2031. This will include not only sharing insights gained during the implementation of the current cycle, but also unpacking the results of the Foresight Studies concluded in 2022-2023 to identify desirable outcomes for the world, for heritage and for ICCROM.

In 2024-2025, we will continue to strengthen ICCROM’s global leadership in heritage conservation through innovation and strategic collaborations. At the regional level, this includes our programmes and activities for Africa, the Arab States, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as ICCROM’s participation in key European research projects. At the international level, our programmatic focus remains on World Heritage, protecting heritage in times of crises, sustainability, and digital heritage. ICCROM will also continue to build capacity worldwide through training partnerships with Member States. We will systematically explore meaningful linkages across all programmes and activities to enhance ICCROM’s services. We will work closely with our regional and international partners to avoid duplication of efforts and to create meaningful synergies that maximize ICCROM’s impact. We will also seek new strategic partnerships in the spirit of Strategic Development Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. 

As a result of the digital transformation initiated in 2022-2023, ICCROM will be fully equipped and prepared to expand and improve its services to Member States through e-learning, online Library and Archival resources, enhanced communications infrastructure, and a smarter work environment. We will be able to engage more effectively and efficiently with Member States, partners, course participants and others through a dedicated stakeholder relationship-management system.

In constant pursuit of increased efficiency, accountability, and transparency, ICCROM will continue to establish, update, and enforce pertinent policies and regulations for staff and operations. Supported by the Human Resources Office established in 2022-2023, our consolidated performance management system will provide the basis for ongoing staff development and improved organizational planning to better serve Member States.

In today’s context of economic uncertainty, limited resources and active fundraising, public engagement must be a cornerstone of our strategy. The strategy includes increasing visibility of the programmes and ICCROM’s Secretariat, highlighting the ICCROM Library and Archives’ resources and increasing the offer of resources in multiple languages - while simultaneously finding new and engaging ways to raise awareness about the importance of conserving cultural heritage. We call on Member States to be part of this important work.

The budget presented and approved by the 33rd Session of the General Assembly in 2023  is based on a 5% global inflation rate, with a proposed total budget envelope of 16 898 582 EUR. The Regular Contributions equate to EUR 8 266 725, or 48,92% of the total budget. For the remaining EUR 8 631 857, or 51,08%, ICCROM has EUR 6 502 123 of Voluntary Contributions already committed (in-hand), with the remaining EUR 2 129 734 (representing 12,60% of our total budget) to be fundraised for Programmes implementation.