|Services||Conservation and protection of cultural heritage places around the world|
|Toshiyuki Kono (President); Peter Phillips (Secretary General); Laura Robinson (Treasurer General)|
The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS; French: Conseil international des monuments et des sites) is a professional association that works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places around the world. Now headquartered in Charenton-le-Pont, ICOMOS was founded in 1965 in Warsaw as a result of the Venice Charter of 1964, and offers advice to UNESCO on World Heritage Sites.
The idea behind ICOMOS dates to the Athens Conference on the restoration of historic buildings in 1931, organized by the International Museums Office. The Athens Charter of 1931 introduced the concept of international heritage. In 1964, the Second Congress of Architects and Specialists of Historic Buildings, meeting in Venice, adopted 13 resolutions. The first created the International Charter on the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites, better known as Venice Charter; the second, put forward by UNESCO, created ICOMOS to carry out this charter.
ICOMOS currently has over 10,100 individual members in 153 countries, 110 national committees and 28 international scientific committees. With rare exceptions, each member must be qualified in the field of conservation and a practicing landscape architect, architect, archaeologist, anthropologist, town planner, engineer, administrator of heritage, historian, art historian, palaeontologist or archivist.
ICOMOS is a partner and founding member of the Blue Shield, which works to protect the world's cultural heritage threatened by wars and natural disasters.
ICOMOS is composed of its national committees (NCs), to which individuals and institutions apply for membership. In addition to the national committees, ICOMOS has a series of international scientific committees (ISCs), in which experts in a certain field of activity within the context of heritage conservation exchange views and debate.
The organization is headed by a president, five vice-presidents, a secretary-general and a treasurer all directly elected by the general assembly of the organization. 12 additional members are also elected by the General Assembly into the Executive Committee and five further members are co-opted into the executive board in order to represent regions of the world or areas of expertise that were not part of the executive committee following the elections. Ex officio members of the executive committee are the president of the advisory committee and the previous presidents of ICOMOS, who attend in advisory capacity. The executive committee is the executive body of ICOMOS.
The advisory committee is composed of the chairpersons of the national committees, the chairpersons of the international scientific committees and the president of ICOMOS as an ex officio member. The advisory committee was given the task to advise and make recommendations to the General Assembly and the Executive Committee on matters which concern policy and programme priorities.
National committees are subsidiary organizations created in the countries which are members of UNESCO. They bring together individual and institutional members and offer them a framework for discussion and an exchange of information. ICOMOS has national committees in 108 countries as of August 2015. Each national committee adopts its own rules of procedure and elaborates its own program according to the goals and aims of ICOMOS.
 Usually known as "international scientific committees" (ISCs), these entities focus on specialised areas of heritage conservation and are made up of members of the organisation drawn from those specialist areas. The scientific programmes of the organisation are coordinated by the 'scientific council" made up of the presidents of the ISCs. The following ISCs operate within ICOMOS:
In the tradition of the Athens and Venice Charters, ICOMOS has in the years since its formation developed and adopted a number of other charters and doctrinal texts which provide guidance to heritage conservation professionals in their work. Most such documents are created by the international committees of the organisation and thereafter adopted by the triennial General Assembly. The texts each address a specific area of professional practice in the heritage conservation professions. Following the 17th ICOMOS General Assembly held in Paris in November 2011, the list of charters is as follows:
In addition to the above there are fifteen other doctrinal texts. These include the "Nara Document".
Many of the national committees of ICOMOS have adopted their own charters which set standards for heritage conservation practice at national level.
In 1972, ICOMOS was named by the UNESCO World Heritage Convention as one of the three formal advisory bodies to the World Heritage Committee, along with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). As the professional and scientific adviser to the committee on all aspects of the cultural heritage, ICOMOS is responsible for the evaluation of all nominations of cultural properties made to the World Heritage List with the criteria laid down by the World Heritage Committee. In addition to the basic criterion of "outstanding universal value," ICOMOS evaluates nominations for aspects related to authenticity, management, and conservation as specified in the World Heritage Convention.
The evaluation of nominations involves consultation between the wide-ranging expertise represented by the organization's membership and its national and scientific committees. Members are also sent on expert missions to carry out on-site evaluations of nominated properties. This extensive consultation results in the preparation of detailed recommendations that are submitted to the World Heritage Committee at its annual meetings.
ICOMOS is also involved, through its International Secretariat and its national and scientific committees, in the preparation of reports on the state of conservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. It advises the UNESCO World Heritage Centre on requests for technical assistance received from states that are party to (i.e. have ratified) the World Heritage Convention. ICOMOS maintains a full archive of nominations and reports at the documentation centre at its Paris headquarters.
In November 1994, at the Nara Conference on Authenticity, ICOMOS published the Nara Document on Authenticity, which addresses the need for a broader understanding of cultural diversity and cultural heritage in conservation efforts involving cultural heritage sites.
In 1979, ICOMOS instituted its highest award, named after its first president, Piero Gazzola, to laud the life-time achievements of one of its members. The prize is awarded every three years, and comprises a commemorative medal, a diploma and 10,000 US dollars.
|Nr.||Time||General Assembly||Term||President||Secretary General|
|19.||2017||Delhi||India||2017-2020||Toshiyuki Kono||Japan||Peter Phillips||Australia|
|18.||2014||Florence||Italy||2014-2017||Gustavo Araoz||United States||Kirsti Kovanen||Finland|
|17.||2011||Paris||France||2011-2014||Gustavo Araoz||United States||Kirsti Kovanen||Finland|
|16.||2008||Québec||Canada||2008-2011||Gustavo Araoz||United States||Bénédicte Selfslagh||Belgium|
|15.||2005||Xi'an||China||2005-2008||Michael Petzet||Germany||Dinu Bumbaru||Canada|
|13.||2002||Madrid||Spain||2002-2005||Michael Petzet||Germany||Dinu Bumbaru||Canada|
|12.||1999||Mexico City||Mexico||1999-2002||Michael Petzet||Germany||Jean-Louis Luxen||Belgium|
|11.||1996||Sofia||Bulgaria||1996-1999||Roland Silva||Sri Lanka||Jean-Louis Luxen||Belgium|
|10.||1993||Colombo||Sri Lanka||1993-1996||Roland Silva||Sri Lanka||Jean-Louis Luxen||Belgium|
|9.||1990||Lausanne||Switzerland||1990-1993||Roland Silva||Sri Lanka||Herb Stovel||Canada|
|8.||1987||Washington D.C.||United States||1987-1990||Roberto di Stefano||Italy||Helmut Stelzer||East Germany|
|7.||1984||Rostock||East Germany||1984-1987||Michel Parent||France||Abdelaziz Daoulatli||Tunisia|
|6.||1981||Rome||Italy||1981-1984||Michel Parent||France||Abdelaziz Daoulatli||Tunisia|
|5.||1978||Moscow||Soviet Union||1978-1981||Raymond M. Lemaire||Belgium||Ernest Allen Connaly||United States|
|4.||1975||Rothenburg ob der Tauber||Germany||1975-1978||Raymond M. Lemaire||Belgium||Ernest Allen Connaly||United States|
|3.||1972||Budapest||Hungary||1972-1975||Piero Gazzola||Italy||Raymond M. Lemaire||Belgium|
|2.||1969||Oxford||United Kingdom||1969-1972||Piero Gazzola||Italy||Raymond M. Lemaire||Belgium|
|1.||1965||Cracow||Poland||1965-1969||Piero Gazzola||Italy||Raymond M. Lemaire||Belgium|