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To find out more on how the local community of Mosul, Iraq, got together to revive its spirit and identity through a heritage walking tour, starting in the Assyrian part of the city and ending up in the Jewish Ghetto, along with other stories of change from around the world, read more here.

As an engineer of electronics and nuclear physics, Hugo Houben embarked on another path, more in line with his ethical commitments. At the age of 28, he responded to a request to participate in the construction of a popular village in Algeria. It was then that he discovered that earth can be a good construction material and that he launched into research to satisfy his immense curiosity, but above all, to understand and disseminate better what appeared to him to be a tremendous potential in response to emerging ecological issues.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt everyday life, ICCROM's International Course on Rethinking Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage Collections has provided a window of opportunity to rethink training and develop capacities.

In recent years, Southeast Asia has been affected by unpredictable disasters caused by natural hazards, such as flooding, tsunamis, earthquakes, fires and tropical storms. The region is home to invaluable and significant cultural heritage forms, ranging from the tangible, such as museum and archival collections, ancient monuments, archaeological sites, as well as the intangible: customs, music, crafts and traditional lifestyles. While at times damage can be extensive and at times irreversible, there are ways in which we can mitigate risks, build resilience and adapt to changing realities. In this spirit, the second training workshop on Disaster Risk Management for cultural heritage in Southeast Asia kicked off with an inaugural session held on 4 February 2021. 

On 12 January 2021, Dr Gihane Zaki, ICCROM Council Member and Professor of Egyptology who is currently Researcher at the French National Center CNRS-Sorbonne University, was appointed by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt from within the list of 28 selected personalities to join the newly-elected deputies of Parliament.

Aspiration 5 of the Agenda 2063 of the Africa We Want calls for an Africa with a strong cultural identity, and common heritage values and ethics. Achieving this aspiration will be possible if we engage communities, especially youth, in the conservation and promotion of their heritage.

In the wake of the devastating earthquakes in Central Croatia, ICCROM extends it solidarity to the government and people of Croatia, including all of its heritage professionals.

The 18th of December coincides with the 47th anniversary of Arabic becoming a United Nations official language. This day is an opportunity to celebrate the richness and global importance of the Arabic language, which has played a catalytic role in culture, science and the arts throughout history. Nowadays, Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and it represents a true pillar of diversity, spoken in its varying forms by over 400 million people in 25 countries. 

The Warsaw Recommendation on Recovery and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage is a document from 2018 constituting a comprehensive set of principles concerning the process of urban reconstruction and rebuilding of historic buildings or complexes of buildings destroyed as a result of armed conflicts or natural disasters.

COVID-19 pandemic has brought life to a standstill, causing the immense loss of life and disruption of livelihoods. How can support to cultural heritage-based livelihoods be provided and intangible heritage be protected during COVID-19? Watch this video on Safeguarding Cultural Heritage and Supporting Livelihoods in Crises by ICCROM, the ALIPH Foundation and the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation.