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It is with deep sorrow that ICCROM has received the news of the death of our friend and colleague Kevin Kettle. We had the privilege to work with him during several years of collaboration in the design and implementation of joint activities organised with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO-SPAFA) in Bangkok, Thailand, where he worked as Project Development Officer until 2013.

On 6 February H.E. François Pythoud, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to FAO, IFAD, and WFP, visited ICCROM.

On 1 February, the Director of the British School at Rome, Prof Stephen Milner, visited ICCROM together with two BSR Assistant Directors, Peter Campbell and Martina Caruso, and Archaeology Officer Stephen Kay.

ICCROM’s Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, in partnership with UNESCO and the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), is organizing a four-day Regional Workshop on the Protection and Management of the Maritime, Coastal and Underwater Cultural Heritage, from 28 to 31 January 2019.

On 31 January, a delegation from Montenegro visited ICCROM, composed of H.E. Aleksandar Bogdanović, Minister of Culture; H.E. Sanja Vlahović, Ambassador of Montenegro to the Republic of Italy; Dražen Blažić, State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture; Anastazija Miranović, Director of the National Museum of Montenegro; and Maja Simonović, Second Secretary in the Embassy of Montenegro.

The CollAsia international course on “Conserving Photographic and Archival Collections” was successfully held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, from 22 November to 15 December 2018. CollAsia is a training partnership between ICCROM and the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea (CHA) to improve the conservation and use of heritage collections in Southeast Asia. Every year, a course is organized in collaboration with institutions from Member States in the region to address a relevant topic. The courses cover different types of collections and conservation-related skill sets, yet they all promote critical thinking, scientific literacy, applied research, local solutions, and interdisciplinary, value-based, people-centred approaches. Cross-fertilization and synergism within and beyond Southeast Asia are achieved through the participation of heritage professionals from different countries in the region and other parts of the world.

Fifteen professionals from 15 institutions met to discuss how best to design an impactful programme to support youth and its engagement in heritage in the African region. The Africa Expert Meeting took inspiration from the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and particularly from the development goals for sustainable cities and communities, gender equality, decent work and economic growth. Also invoked was the African Union’s Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want,” which is committed to realizing Africa’s full potential in development, culture and peace.

What if there were no cultural heritage collections?

What if there were no more books in the libraries, no archives, no objects in the museums, no treasured artefacts in religious buildings, in cultural centres, and in other public spaces within our communities?

How should decisions be made regarding projects in or near World Heritage properties? This was the subject under discussion recently in Kotor, Montenegro, where ICCROM coordinated a course on Heritage Impact Assessments.