Cummins, Chairperson of the Advisory Committee
period under review can be characterised as a time for planning
and partnership both within ICOM, and within the broader
heritage community. The Advisory Committee's work in both
contexts has been critical in demonstrating the organisation's
development and achievements.
ICOM has been actively engaged over the past three years,
in a process of evaluating its own performance, planning
for change, and envisioning both its organisational future
and the prospects for the museum community worldwide. The
Advisory Committee has played a highly significant role
in this process: first in its statutory capacity selecting
nominees for the Executive Council, the Ethics Committee,
the Reform Task Force, the confirmation of Barcelona to
host the General Conference in 2001 and the acclamation
of Seoul to host the 2004 General Conference. Also with
members' active participation in a record five sessions
, four regular sessions and one extraordinary session just
latterly in December 2000; second, in members' decisive
involvement in the various committees and working groups
established during the triennial period, to explore issues
and sustain dialogue.
This dynamic approach has served to capture the passionate
issues and concerns of the broader museums community. I
have been much impressed by the dedication evident from
all the participants involved in this highly important exercise.
Constant dialogue and communication have helped to synthesise
a new framework for action that finally received the endorsement
of the Advisory Committee in December, after transparent
and rigorous review. Once again the commitment of our members,
both old and new, assisted greatly in ensuring the success
of a broad consultative process.
has increased significantly over the last three years. We
have welcomed the creation of five new National Committees
and the reorganisation of eleven others. Three new International
Committees have also been established: DEMHIST (Historic
House museums) and UMAC (University museums), as well as
the transformation of ICOMAM (Arms and Military History
Museums) from an Affiliated Organisation; in addition new
linkages were forged with two Affiliated Organisations:
the International Association of Customs Museums (IACM)
and The Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA).
The Advisory Committee has also renewed itself through the
critical appraisal and review of of the mission and mandate
of three other International Committees, which have been
renamed as a result. Beyond this activity International
Committees have also examined closely their functionality
as an important part of ICOM ,as the organisation's main
instrument of action to implement policies and programmes.
This assessment has led to a number of proposals within
the reform process, spearheaded by the Reform Task Force,
which have significant implications for change in the future.
These have been encouraging developments, clearly demonstrating
the continued desire of museum professionals to fully engage
with their colleagues in the international museum community.
there is still room for concern where it is clear that such
increases have come largely from amongst the developed countries,
coupled at the same time with a worrying decline in numbers
generally from all regions, with the exception of Europe.
The Advisory Committee has been sensitive to these trends,
advocating a very proactive approach to broadening participation
in ICOM, and members have continually given voice to concerns
in this regard. Stress has been placed on the need for ICOM
to give priority to ensuring the inclusion of members from
developing countries at all levels within the organisation.
In the context of the Advisory Committee's role as a consultative
body, where flexibility and innovation have been key components
in the reorganisation, and also in its capacity as the voice
of the members examining ICOM's programme plans and execution,
it has served to emphasise the importance of a strategic
balance between advocacy and action in guiding the work
of the organisation. In addressing both regional imperatives
and a global context, ICOM has reconfirmed the importance
of its activities in the areas of museum training and capacity
building. ICOM members have focussed their activities in
a number of areas notably in fighting against illicit traffic
in cultural property, enhancing information exchange, harnessing
new technologies and infrastructures such as <.museum>
, as well as ensuring the sustainability of museum development
in a globalise world.
Other major issues continue to claim our attention in order
to ensure the healthy growth of ICOM as an international
organisation. International Committees continue to seek
the means to rationalise and regionalise their audience
and functions. National Committees must ensure growth and
continuity, particularly in those territories still traumatised
or suffering the depredations of war or natural disasters,
where the cost of membership involves unimagined sacrifice.
Against this backdrop the Advisory Committee has demonstrated
its willingness to envision the complete restructuring of
ICOM 's policy, proposing revisions to the organisation's
Code of Ethics, Mission and values, broadening the definition
of museums to be more inclusive of new philosophy and practice,
and reconfirming the profession's commitment to sharing
knowledge, resources and experience . These matters will
preoccupy us at the upcoming General Conference in Barcelona
in July, 2001.
must continue to seek innovative ways to increase the representativity
of membership both regionally and across the disciplines,
while retaining the integrity of the profession. This is
our challenge for the next three years and beyond.
Begashaw (Ethiopia) until 2000
GŁnther Dembski (Austria) until 2001
the triennal period, the Advisory Committee held its 57th,
58th, 59th, 60th sessions and an extraordinary session in
Following the resignation of Kassaye Begashaw from his position
of Chairperson of Advisory Committee in early 2000, GŁnther
Dembski was elected to replace him until July 2001.
Advisory Committee renewed the mandate of the working group
on ICOM International Committees:
of National Committees:
Ceplak Mencin (Slovenia)
Adberrahmane Khelifa (Algeria)
Virgil Nitulescu (Romania)
Marie-Christine van der Sman (The Netherlands)
of International Committees:
David Grattan (ICOM-CC/Canada)
Nancy Hushion (INTERCOM/Canada)
Jean-Marcel Humbert (AVICOM/France)
working group appointed Marie-Christine van der Sman as
Chairperson and Jean-Marcel Humbert as Rapporteur.
During the triennial period, the working group pronounced
its opinion on the request for a new name of ICAMT as well
as ICAA. It also pronounced itself regarding the change
of status of IAMAM and the creation of a new International
Committee for University Museums and Collections.
the report of the ICOM Reform Task Force in June 2000, the
Advisory Committee decide to convene an extraordinary session
in December 2000 in order to have additional time to further
discuss the recommendations of the ICOM-RTF with the members
of ICOM Committees.