ICOM and ICCROM sign a Statement of Cooperation
Out of mutual interest and common efforts in the conservation and promotion of world cultural heritage, ICOM and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) have recently signed a statement of cooperation, with a desire “to establish a partnership of excellence to ensure a better collaboration and training of museum professionals.”
ICCROM, an intergovernmental organisation representing 133 member states, is dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage with its main areas of activity focusing on training, information, research, cooperation and advocacy.
The two organisations have been long-time partners, notably in developing the Museums Emergency Programme (MEP), which responds to the needs of museums in periods of conflicts or natural disasters. ICCROM also works closely with ICOM-CC (ICOM’s Committee for Conservation) and its 21 working groups. By signing this statement of cooperation, ICOM and ICCROM look forward to further developing collaborative activities in areas of common interest, such as disaster risk management and the protection of cultural heritage in emergency situations. The collaboration will involve ICOM’s National and International Committees and the ICOM Secretariat in “shar[ing] and enrich[ing] mutual expertise” and “encourag[ing] and promot[ing] international cooperation.” The ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums will also be promoted through this important partnership.