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Heritage Management for Building Resilience of Living Traditional Settlements

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. 

ICCROM Council Member Gihane Zaki, sworn into Egyptian Parliament

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.

Engaging and Empowering African Youth to Sustain Heritage

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.

Message from ICCROM to the government and people of Croatia

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.

World Arabic Language Day!

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. 

Warsaw Recommendation now available in Arabic

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.

Safeguarding Cultural Heritage and Supporting Livelihoods in Crises

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. 

Protecting Cultural Heritage during COVID-19

How can we safeguard heritage and communities in the face of overlapping risks and a global health crisis? Watch Protecting Cultural Heritage during COVID-19 by ICCROM, the ALIPH Foundation and the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation. The first of a series of videos on mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on heritage in the MENAP Region is now available, with more being released in coming weeks.

International Course on Paper Conservation in Latin America: Meeting East

This year, the eighth edition of the International Course on Conservation of Paper in Latin America: Meeting East could not be held due to the global pandemic. Meeting East has been organized by the National Coordination for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (CNCPC-INAH), in collaboration with the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties of Tokyo (TNRICP) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) since 2012 .

Highlights of the World Heritage Leadership Programme in 2020 

Facing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 the World Heritage Leadership Programme has concentrated heavily on knowledge production and active digital communication. In all aspects of the programme, we are working very closely with our partners and we convey our deepest thanks to the dedicated professionals and donors working with us.