"Recognition of intellectual, cultural and social diversity
and respect for difference as forces for cross-cultural
understanding and social cohesion" is one of ICOM's
ICOM's policy with respect to its programmes of activities
has been to implement these values by encouraging the regionally
based work in order to strengthen the network of museum
professionals in a region with a view to consolidating local
communication networks and sharing knowledge and experience.
The involvement of ICOM at the local and regional levels
results in smoother-running organisation, greater effectiveness
of projects and increased relevance.
Each region is unique, and provides the basis for a unique
practice that is nevertheless consistent with the integrated
goals of ICOM's activities.