In the new Strategic Cycle (2018-2023) ICCROM intends to respond to the growing demand for its services in this challenging global context. At a time when cultural heritage conservation is regarded as a fundamental factor in the sustainable development and cohesion of societies, the inclusion of culture and its conservation as a driver of economic, social and environmental development requires a profound shift in the way ICCROM implements its mandate.
At its 87th Session in November 2016, the ICCROM Council adopted a new Strategic Directions document “ICCROM Strategic Directions 2018-2023: Catalysing Change for Cultural Heritage – Heritage Conservation in a Changing World”. This document was finalized in April 2017. It identifies the challenges and opportunities faced in the conservation field, and presents a mission, vision, and set of core values for ICCROM. Most importantly, the document sets out three strategic directions and nine objectives for the organization to carry out its mission.
Another important element determining the priorities of the PWB stems from ICCROM’s commitment to embrace the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which outlines a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world. Inclusive and sustainable growth is at the core of the new framework and goals. Indeed, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 includes a recognition of the unique role culture has to play in societies and communities.
ICCROM will continue to empower heritage conservation professionals in its Member States to contribute to sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products for the benefit of communities, builds resilient institutions and fosters innovation.
Over the next biennium, ICCROM will also continue to improve the protection and conservation of cultural and natural heritage within its Member States by offering high- quality education, tools, methodologies and technical advice. Its entire programme will promote a culture of peace and non-violence, with an appreciation of cultural diversity and gender equality.
It will achieve this through effective international coordination that will require the creation of evidence-based analytical capabilities and a drive for impact that can help shape the international cultural conservation agenda. ICCROM will build on its application of best practices in conservation management and on the regular surveillance of conservation policies to propose a multidimensional approach to conservation policymaking. This approach should deliver not only improvements in conservation standards but also ensure that their benefits are shared more equally across social groups, taking into account the various dimensions that influence the wellbeing of communities.
With this vision as the driving force for the new Strategic Cycle, ICCROM will promote Member State inclusiveness to build accountable and transparent institutions by transforming its own practices, and administration. By enhancing its accountability, efficiency and effectiveness, ICCROM will provide value-for-money for its Member States, in response to a challenging budgetary environment.