Thursday (afternoon) 6 June 2002 & Friday 7 June 2002
The President of ICOM, Jacques Perot, opened the session and thanked Council members and ICOM's partners for their presence. He welcomed P. Pouw, former Treasurer, who was representing Council member G. Edson who could not attend the meeting.
0. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
The draft agenda was adopted.
1. ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES OF THE 100th SESSION
The minutes of the 100th session were adopted without comment nor amendment.
2. ORAL REPORT OF THE 63RD SESSION OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Alissandra Cummins, Chairperson of the Advisory, gave a report of the discussions at the meetings. She firstly noted that it was a rich session with varied and productive discussions and with many new faces and representatives from Africa and the Arab States. She expressed concern however at the decrease of participation from Latin America and thought that the level of committees' participation could be correlated to the level of their involvement in ICOM's activities. Secondly, she expressed satisfaction at the success of the special orientation session for the Committee's new members that was held the day before the opening of plenary.
The Secretary-General's extensive report on the activities and programmes of the Organisation was much appreciated. Members commented on the need to persevere with the preparation of a code/charter for cultural tourism, particularly with reference to the treatment of indigenous peoples. Proposals for emergency training programmes were welcomed provided that they built on the experience of previous activities principally organized by UNESCO. The Secretariat was congratulated on the new design and layout for ICOM News as well as on the inclusion of Spanish text in the latest issue of the Study Series. She dealt on the pressing issue of reduced office space for the Secretariat and its impact on their efficiency and particularly on its programme activities. However she imparted Advisory's congratulations to the staff for its commitment and devotion particularly under extremely difficult circumstances.
The Treasurer's presentation of the balance sheet at the end of December 2001, and particularly her comments on ICOM's reliance on membership fees and the need for a conservative approach towards investment of the reserve funds, were also much appreciated. A question on the MuseDoma line item drew clarification from the Secretary General who reported on an EU contribution for promotion of MuseDoma in Europe of which ICOM would receive (and spend) ? 76,225. Regarding the apparent budgeted degeneration of income from membership in the year 2002, it was noted that this was an expected phenomenon in the year following a General Conference. She informed Council that the Advisory members approved the balance sheet without further comment.
Regarding the budget for 2002, members were given clarification on the purchase of Museum International for institutional members as a membership benefit. C. Karp of MuseDoma provided clarification on the question regarding payment for domain services by the committees. Members were also apparently satisfied with the new layout and comparative data in the budget.
Alissandra Cummins said that the members were very pleased with President Jacques Perot's insightful comments in his intervention. They noted the establishment of the various Task Forces in line with the Strategic Action Plan approved by the General Conference in Barcelona. She stated that the President also thanked the Secretariat for their excellent and committed work, even though they were in cramped and unsuitable quarters. It was stressed that different approaches must be found in solving the problem of office space (probably in conjunction with ICOMOS). The President noted the work now being undertaken by UNESCO on a Charter for Cultural Diversity and the need for ICOM to be closely involved in the process. It was felt that there was a need to work on the regionalisation of ICOM and the need for expansion of ICOM's networks, particularly the need to develop linkages with Asian colleagues.
The Advisory was given an excellent and cogent report by the Chairman of the Ethics Committee who first displayed a printed copy of the recently revised Code of Ethics following its endorsement by the General Assembly in Barcelona. The Chairman reviewed their progress on the second phase of the revision of the document which would not stray from the basic tenets of the Code but would instead update and restructure it to make it more accessible, user friendly and comprehensible to readers. It was noted that the Committee's work in this regard would require some guidance from the Executive Council, particularly with respect to the definition of museums. The Ethics Committee viewed the concept of "collections" as a knowledge base.
Geoffrey Lewis also referred to progress made with respect to the some of the cases which had been referred to the Committee. In reviewing some of these, he expressed concern at an emerging trend of 'situation ethics', particularly with holding institutions pursuing loans of the objects to be restituted. He also pointed to an increase in cases relating to the unethical disposition of archaeological and geological materials across national boundaries despite the apparent legitimacy of the acquisition in the vendor country, and also referred to the dubious sampling of natural history specimens in museum collections, not for the purpose of furthering scientific research but for exchange with private collectors and then re-sale on the open market. In these instances he sought further consultation with the requisite international committee.
His report drew a lively response from the members of the Advisory Committee on a number of the issues raised. Clarification was sought on ICOM's stance on the principle of compensation related to restitution of cultural property, as well as on the issue of cross boundary restitution of cultural property. In response, Geoffrey Lewis reiterated ICOM's adherence to the principles of both UNESCO's Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and UNIDROIT's complementary convention of 1995, noting that ICOM has also endorsed it as a standard for its own Code of Ethics. It was confirmed that the Committee was publishing English and French versions simultaneously of the revisions to the Code of Ethics and tribute was paid to those involved in preparing the French translation.
The Advisory Committee was honoured by the participation of UNESCO's Assistant Director General for Culture, Mr. Mounir Bouchenaki, who presented a detailed report on the work UNESCO is undertaking in the field. Ms. Cummins said that he first took the opportunity to reassure the membership that he recognized the problems ICOM was experiencing in having to endure restricted quarters in UNESCO, and stressed that he had always emphasized the importance of ICOM to UNESCO and the necessity of maintaining its presence at UNESCO Headquarters. He noted that the Director General himself had recognized the importance of ICOM as one of the main NGOs with which UNESCO must work. He assured the Advisory Committee that he will continue to make similar representations to the Director General and the Member States.
The ADG reported on two main points: the first was the recent launch of UNESCO's programme as head agency for the United Nations Year for the Cultural Heritage; he introduced its logo and stressed that ICOM had a primary role to play in the fulfilment of the two main axes of this programme which were 'Development' and 'Knowledge of the Other'. He distributed a promotional kit on this UN year which he intended to diffuse to the members of the Advisory.
Mr. Bouchenaki referred to the intense discussion on ethical issues relating to illicit traffic in cultural heritage which he noted was also an area of intensive activity for UNESCO. In this respect he was very pleased to have received the recently published ICOM ASPAC report on the 2001 Hanoi Meeting on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Southeast Asia, and praised ICOM for its endeavours in raising awareness about these issues.
The second point was a detailed report on a meeting he had just recently attended in Afghanistan. Along with several agencies and foundations concerned with the preservation of cultural property in that country, UNESCO had been welcomed as a important partner in the process of recovering that country's cultural identity. The Afghan Government, and its King, had both stressed four main priorities in this field: control/reduction of illicit traffic in cultural property; rehabilitation of the Kabul Museum; the restoration of monuments and sites and inclusion of these on the world heritage list; training for museum and heritage workers. He saw ICOM playing a major role in virtually every area.
Members of the Advisory also heard the Editor of Museum International who reported on the new layout and editorial policy of the publication and announced a new initiative that is being undertaken with the digitisation of its back issues. Members requested that UNESCO consider extending the programme to its predecessor 'Museion'.
Ms. Cummins said that she and President Perot had responded to reflect the encouragement Mr. Bouchenaki's words had given ICOM with respect to its continued importance to UNESCO, the major focus of action and the role clearly envisaged for it to play in UNESCO programming. She noted that the President went further to stress ICOM's willingness to help with the sensibilisation of the public, who also proposed that ICOM pass a motion of gratitude and appreciation for the extraordinary work and commitment of the current Director of the Kabul Museum, Mr. Omara Khan Massoudi, who remained at his post to protect the museum's collection throughout the period of devastation and destruction wrought in the country. ICOM's President urged UNESCO to recognize the importance of a meeting to discuss the parameters of the programme which ICOM would implement for UNESCO.
Alissandra Cummins reported that some members later indicated that while UNESCO was to be congratulated for its rapid action in respect of Afghanistan, the destruction and dislocation experienced by that country was similar to what had occurred elsewhere over the last two decades particularly in several African and Eastern European countries. It was thought necessary for ICOM to play close attention to these other situations and not simply focus on Afghanistan. ICOM should recognize the work of other agencies in this work and should prepare a list of museums and other institutions prepared to offer support to this programme. Others stressed the importance of not simply bringing in foreign expertise to carry out this vital work, but that it was essential to involve and include nationals in this process from the start so that they could 'own the process'. In the restoration process it was also important not to decontextualize the object from the community. The scale of activity proposed clearly provided opportunity for much needed employment and opportunities for sustainable development.
She said that the Secretary General's review of the various initiatives specified under the Strategic Plan was deemed a positive feedback on the progress achieved to date. But some members reacted with disappointment at the lack of progress in the development of student membership. It was also noted that there had been no examination so far of ICOM members' Internet connectivity. However many other members were impressed with the Plan, noting its importance for guiding national committees in developing their own plans.
The Secretary General's report on the International Committee of the Blue Shield and ICOM's activities in this regard, was also received with considerable interest. Brief cogent reports on the situation regarding the protection of cultural property in the Middle East [ICTOP] and on the interest of East Timor in establishing their own heritage management system [ICOM ASPAC] served to remind members of ICOM's crucial role in supplying assistance first and foremost to colleagues, and in facilitating strategic planning and training processes and the identification of funding for this purpose. Members reiterated comments made earlier expressing concern that ICOM did not neglect colleagues from other parts of the world. The question was raised whether ICOM excluded any groups or regions from its emergency programme - members were reminded about the critical situation facing colleagues in, for example, Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Congo, Somalia and Burundi, particularly where they do not have the opportunity to leave their countries for training. The Advisory Chair reported that while she reassured members that ICOM did not exclude any countries from its activities, she reminded them of the relevant decisions taken at the Barcelona General Conference relating to East Timor, and the focus on Asia and Latin America for the triennium.
She reported that C. Karp of MuseDoma provided a comprehensive overview of the development of the registration, which had great potential as a source of revenue generation. Members raised several questions following his presentation. Their interest largely focussed on the procedure for registration, the application of the ICOM definition of museums both to their own eligibility, but particularly to non-members of ICOM, and the possibility of individual registration. Clarification was also sought on the application of this definition to virtual museums and indeed non-collection based members of ICOM. C. Karp responded to all these points and clarified that dot-museum could be equally applied to all aspects of intangible as well as tangible heritage, depending on how ICOM chose to define 'museum'.
She said that these discussions underlined for the Advisory Committee the importance of ICOM's work in redefining the concept of the museum, and also the need for a user's manual to guide members seeking to register. Observations were made on the potentiality for abuse of this system. C. Karp had iterated that MuseDoma would need the help of national and regional associations to help determine eligibility of applications, and that he reassured members that registration with MuseDoma would not affect members' existing domain presence, and that a registrant could retain several different domain names, but that a parallel domain name on dot-museum would provide a more direct approach to an institution's web presence.
Alissandra Cummins reported that the Advisory unanimously approved the Terms of Reference of the pilot Nominations Committee without amendment.
With regard to the separate meetings of the committees, she reported that members selected by consensus Rick West (AAM/ICOM) and Hector Rivero Borrell (Mexico) as chairman and rapporteur respectively of the National Committees/Regional Organisations meeting. They selected Albert Scheffers (ICOMON) and Paal Mork (MPR] as chairman and rapporteur respectively of the meeting of International Committees/Affiliated Associations. Members later recommended that these appointments remain in place until 2004, at which time they should identify new candidates for these roles. Both Chairs later agreed to serve until 2004; however, the rapporteurs both indicated that they could not continue to serve beyond the current meeting so new candidates would have to be identified.
Ms. Cummins said that she welcomed the recommendation that the Chairs, Rapporteurs and Vice Chairperson of the Advisory Committee, could all serve as an informal working group to assist the her in developing the programme and agenda for future Advisory Committee meetings.
The separate meetings identified the following representatives to serve on different committees:
- ICOM 2004 - Michel Van Präet ( France); Per Rekdal (ICME)
- Finance & Resources Standing Committee - Asghar Fazel (Iran), David Grattan (ICOM CC)
- Legal Affairs & Properties Committee - Lorenz Homberger (Switzerland), Rick West (AAM/ICOM), Hildegard Vieregg (ICOFOM)
- Nominations Committee - Diana Pardue (ICAMT), Ben Koevoets (IATM), Knut Wik (Norway), Gerhard Winter (NATHIST), Mohammed Saley Tim (Niger), Ossama El Meguid (Egypt), Maria Laura Tomea (Italy),
Günther Dembski was identified to represent the Chairperson of the Advisory, Eloisa Zell to represent the Secretariat. ICOM LAC and ICOM ASPAC Chairs were to be approached to help identify suitable candidates from those regions. It was also recommended that the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee be invited to serve in an ex-officio capacity on the Committee.
The separate meetings also reflected on the reports provided by the Martin Schaerer of the International Committee Task Force and Yani Herreman of the National Committee Task Force respectively. With regards to the former the meetings were pleased to have been informed of the proposals being prepared by the ICTF in terms of greater autonomy for International Committees, of fostering a plurality of solutions to the problems of committees, of the need for a flexible approach to the establishment, evaluation and dissolution of international committees, of the creation of a framework agreement with ICOM to establish precise basic rules for these processes and the establishment of a new Standing Committee on International Committees which would report to the Executive Council, through the Advisory Committee. With respect to the NCTF, this Committee had been plagued with technological problems and a lack of communication and had only just established its agreed approach to work in the absence of designated Chair, Gary Edson. They felt it was of great importance to carry out a survey of the issues relating to National Committees and had noted the concerns of members with respect to the establishment of relevant criteria for the student membership category. It was felt there was a need for more dialogue between the two groups.
The members very much appreciated the information provided by Eloisa Zell on membership services and the proposed on-line members directory; as well as the discussion on the proposal by Byung-mo Kim for the theme 'Museums and Intangible Heritage' for International Museums Day 2004 which both meetings endorsed. Other recommendations were for more issue-based discussion within the Advisory Committee - meetings should be based on more substantive issues rather than on purely administrative matters, the schedule should allow time for the maximum exchange of ideas, perhaps broken down into smaller informal groups. The Advisory Committee should also structure meetings to take on board the views and interests of affiliated organisations, to elucidate the role of museums in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In view of the difficulties experienced by members from some parts of the world to attend, it was felt that ICOM should give consideration to the Advisory Committee meeting in locations other than Paris.
The Advisory heard the final report on the results of the ICOM 2001 General Conference from the Chair of the Spanish Committee who offered a generally positive evaluation but noted that in retrospect the intense programme of discussions had placed an even greater burden of expectation on the organizers to successfully meet the heavy demands for registration. Advisory was pleased to be informed that the Organising Committee of the Conference was awarded a special prize from the Associació Catalana de Critica d'Art (ACCA) that recognized their excellent work.
The Secretary General reported on the results of the ICOM 2001 questionnaire, who noted that while its findings could not be definitive because of the relatively small sampling achieved (39 responses out of 349), there were interesting perspectives to be gained from these responses. The end results were largely found in favour of the Barcelona Conference, which was a success despite the communication and logistical problems experienced by some international committees. Advisory members responded to a number of issues raised but were generally very appreciative of the survey and recommended its expansion to all General Conference participants at the 2004 meeting.
Advisory reviewed two formal proposals for the hosting of ICOM 2007 General Conference from the Austrian National Committee and from ICOM Sweden and ICOM Denmark combined. Members heard oral and video presentations on the suitability of both Austria and the Oresund Region as host sites, and sought clarification on a number of points: the budgeted costs and the accuracy on registration fees projections; transportation issues between sites and cities; concepts and themes; guaranteed provisions for local contacts [whether academic or museum personnel]; level of support for participation from developing countries. Members were informed that evaluation missions would be carried out to the various countries to ensure their readiness to host a general conference.
Members heard Mr. Byung-mo Kim of the ICOM 2004 Organising Committee who provided them with the latest update of the plans for the General Conference in Seoul. A brochure inviting pre-registration had been circulated to members. Mr. Kim explained the traditional basis of the conference logo and the slow preparatory work due to FIFA and election activities presently taking place in his country. He said that final negotiations concerning final budget and official support would be secured when the new government was in place. Mr. Kim regretted that no progress had been achieved in implicating North Korea and said that he would ask Council's assistance in this regard.
The Advisory Committee received succinct reports on the activities of the regional organisations for the year from the representatives of ICOM-ARAB, and ICOM ASPAC. The latter sought the endorsement of the Advisory Committee to revive the Working Group on Cross Cultural Issues which would assist ICOM with developing policy statements relating to cultural diversity issues and respond to UNESCO's new initiative on a Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity. The Advisory approved the proposal that the working group, whose findings had been endorsed by the Executive Council in 1997, be renamed the Cross Cultural Task Force of ICOM and that its major proposals be updated and incorporated into ICOM's Strategic Plan. The Co-ordinator for ICOM Europe also reported on actions undertaken to develop, amend and approve their constitution, for which he would seek approval by the Executive Council.
Members were enriched by the discussions during the special session on UNESCO's newly-approved International Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. The Advisory Chair noted that this was the first of its kind organized by the Secretariat in conjunction with her. They heard three speakers: Mr. Guido Carducci (Chief of the International Standards Section at UNESCO), Mr. Thijs Maarleveld (Member of the ICOMOS International Committee for Underwater Cultural Heritage) and Rear-Admiral Georges Prud'homme (Director of the National Maritime Museum in Paris, France); they addressed members on the antecedents and background to the creation of this Convention and the controversies and differing perspectives surrounding its approval and implementation. However, it was emphasized that despite their opposing stances on the Convention itself there was universal acceptance for the technical rules set out in the Annex to the Convention and all countries committed themselves politically to their application, and that it was this part of the Convention which would have most relevance for museums.
It was noted that with the ratification of this Convention, rules affecting protection against illicit traffic could now be applied in this context. Concern was expressed that museums had been effectively excluded from the development of the convention (and indeed had disappeared from the actual wording of the text. This would likely have implications for the work of museums, particularly with respect to acquisition, conservation, storage, and interpretation to the public. It was resolved that ICOM should make every effort to ensure that this did not occur again in relation to other major conventions etc. affecting cultural heritage.
On other matters, the Advisory heard reports from the Croatian delegate regarding their programme Best in Heritage; from the Latvian Chair who presented ICOM with copies of their newly-printed publication, Museum Basics, in Latvian; from the Egyptian delegate who informed members of their 100th anniversary plans to commemorate the establishment of the Cairo Museum. A question regarding ICOM cards for IATM as a special benefit was clarified by the Membership Officer.
In closing, Ms. Cummins thanked members of the Secretariat for all their work and support, specifically the Secretary General and Valérie Jullien for the preparation of the special underwater session; Eloisa Zell and Thomas Jandia for the administrative and logistical support during the meetings. She thanked the Vice President Günther Dembski for his support during the chairing of the meeting as well as the other chairs and rapporteurs of the separate sessions. She also took the occasion to express deep gratitude to Ms. L. Prott, former Director of UNESCO's Division of Cultural Heritage, who represented that organisation at many meetings of ICOM, and who had recently retired.
The President of ICOM thanked Ms. Cummins for her extensive report and commented on the vitality and cogent contributions of the committees in the debates of the Advisory. He said that some of the points raised (cultural tourism, budget, ethics, emergency programmes, student membership, on-line directory, ICOM 2001 budget) would be discussed with the relevant items of the Agenda.
Commenting on the interventions during the special session on the Convention of Underwater Cultural Heritage, Y. Herreman stated that ICOM's presence and liaison in this field should be assured. ICOM's President said that one of the speakers during the special session, Rear Admiral G. Prud'homme, is a Board member of the International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM), an association affiliated with ICOM. He suggested that formal letters could be exchanged between ICMM and ICOM regarding such a liaison as well as the development of joint action on the question of sub-aquatic cultural property.
With regard to the pilot Nominations Committee, B. Murphy expressed concern about the chairmanship of the Nominations Committee and problems of contention that may arise. Ms. Cummins said that a possible solution to this could be the engagement of the Ethics Committee Chair as an ex-officio member; 'complementarity' in the programming of meetings of the two Committees should therefore be ensured. The Executive endorsed the membership of the Ethics Chair as ex-officio member of the Nominations Committee. Ms. Cummins recalled to Council that the Committee has no decision-making powers on its own but averred that guidance from the Ethics Committee was considered important. President Perot also stressed that it must be clear to its members that they cannot be candidates to the Executive Council and that letters should be written to this effect. Ms. Cummins explained that she had met with the members of the Committee after Advisory's adjournment and stated that they were very well briefed on this point.
3. SECRETARY GENERAL'S REPORT
Manus Brinkman noted that the complete Secretariat Activity Report was included in the packet of Working Documents that were previously distributed to the members.
He wished to emphasize the burden that the special committees of ICOM places on the Secretariat; he also gave the examples of MuseDoma, of detailed research on the proposed on-line directory and voluminous e-mail as the sort of responsibilities or tasks that lay a lot of stress on the staff. He indicated that limits have already been reached on staff capacity and that there was a need to set priorities for the Secretariat. He reminded Council that additional personnel to ease the pressure cannot be recruited.
ICOM President thanked the Secretariat for the important tasks that it had already accomplished in relation to the Strategic Action Plan. He deemed it necessary and useful to have a structured report and said that the Plan should be updated in relation to the realities of the working environment of the Secretariat.
A revised version for 2003 with alternative proposals should be looked into. It was desirable to make choices based on the Secretary General's recommendations. E.Olofsson strongly endorsed for an analysis of the time and the resources that are needed in the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan. Reports on missions undertaken by Secretariat staff to implement the Plan also need to be submitted to Council. P. Makambila was in favour of these proposals but wished to remind Council of the very limited staff resources presently available.
It was agreed that for the December 2002 meeting of Council, a document will be prepared that would use the Strategic Action Plan as its basis and that would highlight the activities and integrated tasks that meet the objectives of the Plan. Council will set priorities and select activities. Such a paper would aid Council and Secretariat in indicating if its goals were being met.
4. TREASURER'S REPORT
Camila González Gou, Treasurer, presented the Balance Sheet at 31 December 2001. She explained that since taking over the Treasurer's post, her main tasks consisted in ensuring that income and expenditures were in conformity with the approved programmes for 2001.
She was happy to report a positive balance of FF 394.320 (? 60.114). Further, the Organisation was able to collect overdue contributions, to cut down on some expenses and to collect income that had not been foreseen in the budget. She noted that a percentage of the Organisation's turnover was added to its reserve fund (a fund that had been earmarked to cover unexpected expenses and to ensure the survival and smooth functioning of the Organisation in the event that a major crisis should occur). Additional information added to the balance sheet described the investments of ICOM that were guaranteed by the Bank of France.
It is a given that trends in the world economy would have an impact on the finances of the Organisation; however the Treasurer was happy to report that ICOM's current financial situation is healthy and stable.
The Treasurer concluded her report by stressing the important role of the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee that should seek concrete solutions and prospects for the Organisation's financial situation and programmes.
She also took the occasion to thank ICOM's accountant, chartered accountant and Secretary General in helping her achieve her appointed tasks.
5. INTERVENTIONS OF REPRESENTATIVES OF ICOM'S PARTNERS
5.1. ICOM Foundation
Mrs. Christine Boël, President, gave a brief summary of the Foundation's activities:
She was very happy to report that since the beginning of 2002, the Foundation's Friends contributed the following sums directly to ICOM: 5,004 French Francs, 4548 Euros and 1098 US dollars.
The Foundation continues its contract entitled "Jewellery of the World" with the Réunion des Musées nationaux (France). Its series on reproductions of jewellery is valid until November 27, 2003 and its series of reproductions of Christmas trees is valid until the end of 2004. She was pleased to report that the sale of the latter was a success despite its rather late introduction into the market i.e. just three weeks before Christmas. New orders were received in January. However royalties from these projects would only be known at the end of June 2002.
Mrs. Boël informed Council that the Foundation had signed a three-year renewable contract with the London-based company Museums and Galleries Marketing Ltd. on January 21, 2002. This project entails the production and sale of derived paper products from museum objects and will be sold for the benefit of both the lending museum and the Foundation. She said that several museums had been contacted for this project, mainly: the Museums of the Legion of Honour and Marmottan in Paris, the Condé Museum in Chantilly (France), the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels (Belgium), the Anthropology Museum in Mexico, the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, among others. The resulting sales from this project would be known at the end of each year.
The Foundation President took the occasion to correct the Minutes of the 98th session of the Executive (30 June 2001), stating that the first line on page 2 should be amended to read: "The Foundation transferred to the Museum of Phnom Penh all of the funds raised through the sale of the publication 'One Hundred Missing Objects - Looting in Angkor".
She informed those present that a recent letter from the Director of the Phnom Penh museum indicated how the money was spent: $ 606 for glass frames to serve as protection for 24 steles; $ 1500 to refurbish the men's toilets and $ 1180 to chase away bats.
Lastly, she reiterated her request which she reminded Council had been the primary condition for allowing the supporting members (Friends) of the Foundation to remit its financial contributions directly to ICOM, to wit: that this contribution be noted as a particular line-item in ICOM's balance sheet and not as a footnote. This line item, she regretted to note, was not the case in the Balance Sheet for 2000. She wished to insist on this point as she felt that such a gesture would encourage the Foundation's Friends and help justify their validity as a partner of the Organisation.
The President of ICOM warmly thanked Mrs. Boël and the Foundation for their creativity in fund-raising activities and took note of her comments about the Balance Sheet. He also stated that the newly-established Standing Committee on Finance & Properties would soon contact the Foundation and reflect on its role regarding financial assistance in the advancement and development of ICOM's activities.
Mrs. Christiane Schmuckle-Mollard, Vice President, presented the report of ICOMOS. Firstly, she informed those present that the Organisation counted 7000 members in 110 Member States of which 66% was located in Europe with 42 national committees. Secondly, she wished to affirm a relevant points in ICOM's Strategic Action Plan that concerned ICOMOS, specifically the wish to reinforce cooperation with sister NGOs and the development of activities of the International Committee of the Blue Shield.
She stated that ICOMOS had published a report on heritage in danger and that a copy had been given to ICOM; their President Michael Petzet intends to have a second edition published. A future edition will contain contributions from ICOM and other NGOs.
She noted similarities in the activities of the two Organisations i.e. their large memberships in the 'developed' countries of the world (mostly in Europe) and the need to offset this imbalance with relevant and joint activities in the 'less developed' regions; and a proposed modification in their Statutes concerning a category for students and young professionals.
She proposed that the two Organisations study questions related to museums in historical sites or edifices and proposed joint collaboration on two areas of interest: collections linked to the 'edifice' and that were created at the same time, i.e. patrimony of the 20th century and artists' houses; and museological constraints or modifications that could lead to the loss of the cultural value of a historical edifice. She thought that these questions could perhaps be referred to ICAMT.
Finally she reported on important areas of discussion between the Presidents of the two Organisations: research on joint offices in Paris; tourism, monuments and sites; new role for museums in historic cities.
The President, J. Perot, thanked the representative of ICOMOS and reiterated the close collaboration, the common points of interest between the two bodies. He called attention to the activities of DEMHIST, one of ICOM's new international committee devoted to historical houses and that would have similar pre-occupations as that of ICOMOS.
Y. Herreman expressed her concern about tourism and city monuments and the new role for museums in urban planning. She felt that the two partners should work closely together in these domains. She also recommended that ICOMOS contact ICAMT and work jointly with this Committee on certain areas.
G. Pinna asked for more information about the Organisation's acceptance of student members. The ICOMOS Vice President noted that in the absence of written directives, acceptance depended on the national committees themselves. The ICOM President said that in ICOM's case criteria on the kind of students to be admitted will be drawn up and that each national committee would be given wide margins of interpretation.
Ms. Catherine Antomarchi, representing the Director General of ICCROM, reported on the Organisation's activities since the last meeting of the Executive. In the area of collections, ICCROM has developed a series of initiatives on the theme of preventive conservation. International courses for educators and professionals working in this field have been developed with the collaboration of the Canadian Conservation Institute. A similar project, organised with the collaboration of SPAFA (Regional Organisation for Archaeology and Fine Arts), will be devoted to the collections of museums in Southeast Asia. This is a project that ICOM is familiar with as it was established during the very successful workshop that ICOM had organised in Vietnam in April 2001. This course will be followed by a seminar for directors where concrete plans for the region should be formulated. The President of ICOM-ASPAC has been invited to participate at this seminar. The development of educational materials on preservation and management of museum collections is another project.
She said that ICOM would be interested to know of their projects linked to the conservation of archives and museum libraries, notably on the management and use of new media and problems encountered in their preservation. The development of interdisciplinary dialogues between museum curators, restorers and scientists is also envisaged. An important aspect is how to improve decision-making in conservation that would take into consideration all data and information that may not always be available to the aforementioned participants, for example, the needs of the community, available resources and the different cultural approaches to be done.
In the field of intangible cultural heritage, the Organisation hoped to organise a forum on conservation and crafts, and to examine the tangible and intangible facets of this kind of patrimony. Two awareness campaigns have also been launched: the first is devoted to educating the public and the youth on the fragility of cultural heritage. This campaign involves the collection of technical indexes that would show the different types of activities that could be developed. The other campaign seeks to involve publishing houses in producing popular tourist guides that would inform the public on the fragility of cultural patrimony and on the correct attitudes and responsibilities that tourists must take in this regard.
In collaboration with the Universities of London and Nairobi, ICCROM will offer courses on the management of collections and cultural heritage; these will be addressed primarily for the professionals in the sub-Saharan region of the African continent.
Archival programmes and a strategy for their preservation will hopefully be organised in the Caribbean. A forum dedicated to craft and conservation is envisaged for early 2003 in Rome. In conclusion, she stated that ICCROM would be collaborating with ICOM and the Getty Museum on the Museum Emergency Programme that had been initiated by the ICOM Secretariat.
The ICOM President thanked the ICCROM representative and stressed the areas of interest and collaboration between the two organisations. Martin Schaerer suggested that ICCROM contact ICOFOM with regard to courses on museology they wish to organise. Alissandra Cummins likewise suggested that MAC be contacted with regard to regional programmes envisaged in the Caribbean.
Mrs. Carla Bossi Comelli, President of the World Federation of Friends of Museums, gave her report. She informed those present of the Federation's upcoming triennial congress in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on October 7-11, 2002 and its theme 'Why Friends of Museums'. The ICOM President had been invited to speak on 'Friends and Museums as Factors of Change'. She stated that despite the economic situation in the host country, the conference will be held as had been originally scheduled. She said that foreign participants should benefit from the current exchange rates; she also described the Federation's proposed programme for the triennial period.
She stated that the Federation continues to hold regional meetings to better serve their members and that such meetings had been held in Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America. Benefits to members include the bonds of communication, mutual support, backing and solidarity.
A bi-lingual guidebook entitled 'How to Start a Friends Group' was published this year. Authored by the former President of the Federation, Carole Serventy, the guidebook will hopefully aid in promoting more friends groups world-wide and especially in Latin America.
She said that through their website the Federation hoped to enhance communications not only with their members but also with the outside world who would be informed of their mission.
The ICOM President thanked Ms. Comelli for her intervention and stated the importance for ICOM to participate in the Federation's activities. He reminded those present of 'Friends' as the theme for International Museums Day in 2003. He took the occasion to congratulate the Argentine Organising Committee and expressed his hope that many ICOM members would be present at the Congress.
P. Makambila opined that each museum should have an Association of Friends and regretted that such a partnership is not well known in Africa. He said that ICOM's national committees should be informed of the Federation's activities.
An effective two-way link between the websites of the two organisations should be established. The Federation also stated that it hopes to be registered very soon on dot-museum.
Council was informed that the Federation's Code of Ethics had been diffused to the Advisory Committee: its new guidebook on how to start friends' groups will also be distributed to the Advisory members.
Elisabet Olofsson, SAMP Co-ordinator & Council member, gave recent information on the progress of this new partner of ICOM. She informed those present that its Secretariat has offices within the compound of the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi and is managed by its Executive Director, Lorna Abungu. The Secretariat has operational facilities i. e. telephone fax and internet. The Organisation has been registered as an NGO with its own bank account; its Documentation Centre had been supplied with documents and publications from ICOM headquarters.
The Organisation's member services is operational and had registered 40 members as at June 2002. It had been decided to start with optional membership fees; it was also felt that the development of AFRICOM membership must be related to ICOM membership.
The last board meeting of the Organisation was held in February 2002; aside from its President and Treasurer, there is a Board member representing each region of the continent. ICOM is also represented on the Board. The next General Assembly is scheduled for September 2003 in Kenya during which elections for the new board will take place. The theme for the assembly is: 'Les musées africains : quels enjeux pour le 21ème siècle'.
Its programme of activities consist of : work on a new edition of the "Directory of African Museum Professionals" in collaboration with the West African Museum Programme (WAMP) and funded by UNESCO and AFAA (Association française d'action artistique); a project on a modern art exhibition in Bamako (Mali) with the possible collaboration of ICEE; and work on strategies for exchange of ideas and information with other African institutions such as WAMP, PMDA and EPA. It had been solicited to act as coordinator and networking partner in museum projects (e.g. a meeting held in Lyon on May 2002 regarding collaboration with museums in France).
Ms. Olofsson stressed the need for AFRICOM to define its role in relation to other bodies and organs working in the Continent. She also felt the need for the two Organisations (ICOM and AFRICOM) to reflect on their future official relations and to soon have a formal decision on this matter. She said that AFRICOM's Board should come up with proposals regarding this matter not later than November 2002.
Jacques Perot thanked Ms. Olofsson for her intervention and stated that more thought must be given by the two organisations regarding their future relationship. Council will await the Board's proposals before giving its opinion. It was stressed that the two bodies were not in competition with each other, that they work in co-operation and must collaborate on specific activities.
The question of its annual membership dues and the current policy of optional fees was discussed at great length. P. Makambila explained some of the technical difficulties encountered by museum professionals in remitting payments within the Continent. The feasibility of triple fees (ICOM, AFRICOM and ICOMOS) was suggested.
The ICOM President stressed the common history shared by the two organisations and their work in the same field; that there is a need to reach an agreement about their future relationship and areas of collaboration. A working session of AFRICOM after an Advisory meeting was suggested.
Mr. Byung-mo Kim informed those present of an organisation in his country named the Korea-African Association that meets on an annual basis and organises an African exhibition in conjunction with these annual meetings. He felt that it may be a good opportunity for AFRICOM to be in touch with this association. He will give the address to Ms. Olofsson.
The President noted that the Assistant Director General of UNESCO and the Editor of Museum International had given detailed interventions during the meetings of the Advisory. He took the occasion however to express sincere thanks to Ms. Lyndel Prott, former Director of UNESCO's Cultural Heritage Division, who had recently retired from office, and who worked very closely with ICOM during her tenure. It was recalled that she also often represented the Director General at meetings of the Executive and that ICOM collaborated with Ms. Prott on programme activities or workshops dealing with ilicit traffic of cultural property.
It was recommended that the Secretary General contact the office of the Assistant Director General for Culture with the view of drafting a general survey of the activities and collaboration that link the two Organisations.
6. REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW '.MUSEUM' DOMAIN NAME
The Secretary General gave a brief report on the technical details of the dot-museum initiative. He indicated that many applications for name-registration have been received but that a vast majority of these registrants are US-based. However a recent grant from the European Union will enable MuseDoma to start an awareness campaign programme amongst museums in European countries. He stressed that this project would need the assistance of ICOM's national committees.
A MuseDoma Board meeting scheduled for the end of the month will launch this awareness campaign; the Secretary General, the ICOM President and the Communications Officer will attend this meeting.
He also informed those present that the proposed on-line members directory could be planned to develop and interface with MuseDoma.
The ICOM President emphasised that the questions of access to data, legal implications and professional specialisations should be very well studied before such an on-line directory be implemented.
7. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN (2001-2007)
7.1. National Committees and Regional Organisations Task Force (NCTF)
Yani Herreman, representing Gary Edson, gave the report of this Task Force. She gave a brief historical background of the group, its mandate and the names of the members that had been accepted by Council.
She regretted that the group had been plagued by communication and technical problems and was thus unable to establish a proper working scheme before the Advisory meeting in Paris. Nevertheless three meetings were held during the Advisory itself and the members who were present were able to contribute to a plan of action and make specific recommendations.
She also regretted that a joint meeting with the International Committee Task Force was not convened during this Advisory, but hoped that such a meeting could be soon arranged.
The members of the Task Force asked Council to consider two requests: financial support for a December meeting and the reconfirmation of Gary Edson as Coordinator of the Group. Council confirmed G. Edson as Coordinator, with Y. Herreman assisting him.
Members of Council acknowledged the pressing need for the Task Force to move forward and have a December meeting; that partial financial support could perhaps be accorded to those members who need it so that the work of the Task Force could go forward with its work and achieve its goals. The advice of the Treasurer and Secretary General will be sought on this matter. It was stressed that a substantive report from this Task Force must be ready for the Advisory meetings of June 2003.
The ICOM President said that the NCTF must rapidly submit its recommendations on student membership to enable national committees to study and implement this category. It should outline its proposed criteria and interpretation and have a document rapidly circulated to the committees. It was recommended that ICTOP also give its advice and orientation on the kind of students to be admitted as members. Council members who have specific suggestions on this matter must submit these to the NCTF immediately.
7.2. International Committees and Affiliated Associations Task Force (ICTF)
Martin Schaerer gave a report on the work achieved so far by this Task Force. He indicated that email discussions were very crucial in the work of the group and that 9 out of 11 members made much use of electronic mail. He thought that the feedback on the big issues was very positive and that it gave the members a new dimension on the importance of international committees and affiliated associations.
The group's next phase of work will involve discussion on 'details' and at Council's December meeting he should be in a position to table the Group's suggestions for concrete results on the big issues. In January 2003 he envisages getting feedback from the general membership. A December 2002 meeting is not planned; he hoped that a joint meeting with the NCTF could be arranged very soon.
The ICOM President said that he was impressed by the work done so far by this Task Force and looked forward to have its concrete suggestions.
7.3. Working Group on the Use of Languages
G. Pinna regretted not having been present at the Group's meeting the previous Saturday; P. Makambila could not also be present at this meeting. However discussions on an informal level were conducted during the past few days. Further, he said that discussions between members will be continued via electronic means. A December meeting was not planned. Future work will deal with different aspects in 'guaranteeing' communication between members as well as with the protection of linguistic differences; financial implications for the Secretariat and the Organisation will also be studied. He hoped to work on these points in collaboration with the NCTF and ICTF.
He evoked the question of a member's 'mother tongue'; an example he gave was the problem of email discussions being conducted in English or in French and that therefore gives rise to problems of communication for those who can perhaps speak in either language but cannot write it well. The Group may very well recommended that email discussions not be long-winded and that they be succinct; these however have not been discussed by the members. He hoped to have recommendations for the next meeting of the Executive.
7.4. Nominations Committee
A. Cummins, Advisory Chair, gave a brief report on this pilot committee which is under the supervision of the Advisory. The terms of reference of this Committee had been approved. She informed Council that the Advisory had been successful in establishing the Committee's core membership. These were selected from those who were present at the Advisory; however representatives from two regional organisations (ICOM LAC and ICOM ASPAC) will still have to be identified. The Vice Chair of the Advisory was selected to represent the Advisory; the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee was also recommended to be an ex officio member. Further, E. Zell, Membership Officer, was also recommended to be a member of the Committee.
She said that the Committee met immediately after the Advisory meetings and selected Knut Wik (Norway) as its Chairperson. The Committee's area of priority would be to examine the nominations process, to identify an educational process and the kinds of information to be diffused so that candidatures can be proposed, and to give recommendations for Advisory's consideration. She averred that the Committee would serve as the mechanism to assist with the identification of appropriate candidates with demonstrated capacities for serving in the Executive Council. The Committee had a role in developing promotional programmes to educate members and to encourage candidatures from among the broad range of ICOM membership.
Council agreed that the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee should be a full-fledged member of the Nominations Committee.
The participation of E. Zell, Secretariat staff, as a member of the Committee was questioned by G. Pinna. Ms. Cummins said (and P. Makambila concurred) that her inclusion as a core member was deemed vital as she is in a position to impart information and expertise on the matter. An observer status for her would imply less liberty in giving information that would be of value to the work of the Committee. It was also recalled that two members of the Secretariat staff (aside from the Secretary General) were members of the RTF. The Secretary General did not see any objection to her participation; he hoped however that she would not be placed in a difficult position. The Advisory Chair iterated that the Nominations Committee will not be involved in the elections process.
Council approved the inclusion of E. Zell as a full-fledged member of the Committee by a vote of 8 for and 1 against.
Ms. Cummins said that she will write letters to each member of the Nominations Committee officially informing them of their duties and the criteria for nominating candidates for the next Executive Council.
7.5. Finance and Resources Committee
The President of ICOM read out the names of the Committee members: George Abungu (Kenya), Luiz Antonio Bolcato (Brazil), Michäel Dauskardt (Open-Air Museums, Germany), Asghar Fazel (Iran), Llewellyn Gill (MAC, St. Lucia), David Grattan (Conservation, Canada), Nancy Hushion (INTERCOM), Pauline Kruseman (The Netherlands), Siam Kim Lim (Singapore), Peggy Loar (USA), Piet Pouw (The Netherlands), Fernando Riba (Switzerland), Camila Gonzalez Gou (Treasurer, ex-officio).
G. Abungu was proposed to be the Committee's Chair, P. Loar to be Vice-Chair. Its work must be organized via electronic means. Later, E. Olofsson confirmed that G. Abungu had accepted the chairmanship of the Committeee.
7.6. Legal Affairs and Properties Committee
The names of the Committee members were given by the President: Patrick Boylan (ICTOP, UK), Trevor Carmichael (Barbados), Milagro Gomez de Blavia (Venezuela), Lorenz Homberger (Switzerland), John McAvity (INTERCOM, Canada), Marilyn Phelan (USA), Luis Repetto (ICOM-LAC, Peru), Bernard Schotter (France), Samuel Sidibe (Mali), W. Richard West (AAM/ICOM), Hildegard Vieregg (ICOFOM, Germany).
It was suggested that L. Homberger be designated Chair of this Committee. A vice president will be named at a later date.
It was clarified that the two Standing Committees had mandates of three full years, enabling them to be functional a year after the General Conference.
8. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ICBS
The President informed those present that information on emergency situations had been diffused to the Advisory; these concerned countries like Afghanistan, East Timor, the Middle East, Somalia, amongst others. It was felt that an efficient and regular system of communication and diffusion of information with regard to emergency situations world-wide must be found, especially in Africa. ICOM's regional organisations could be charged with this task of informing the Executive and the Secretariat. The Communications Officer reminded those present that the new ICOM News has a regular feature entitled "Solidarity" that diffuses information regarding patrimony in danger. The Editor of Museum International informed those present that a future issue of the revue will be dedicated to this subject matter.
The Secretary General stated that the ICBS acted as a sort of coordinator in the diffusion of relevant information. With regards to Afghanistan, he reported on a meeting held with UNESCO the day before; he said that important donations from several countries (e.g. Japan, Italy, Germany, France and Greece) and from the Aga Khan Foundation had been pledged and already contributed to help rebuild the country's heritage and to provide training for its museum professionals. The ICOMOS President had been successful in getting a grant for restoration projects. An Italian institute devoted to Africa and the Orient is also working closely with the Musée Guimet (Paris). ICOM has been asked to act as the coordinator for the re-establishment of an inventory of museums' documentation and archives. ICOM has been asked by UNESCO to render advice in the country's capacity-building and in the re-establishment of a resource of knowledge in Kabul and in other cities of the country in collaboration with Afghan professionals. He said that advice on matters related to such capacity building will be solicited from the members.
The President of ICOM said that ICOM should send a letter of solidarity to the Director of the Kabul Museum. He said that a feasibility study on a common basis for the inventory must be done; further, as other museums had expressed interest in aiding this country's professionals, ICOM should verify with UNESCO what would be the most efficient way of going about this activity and how ICOM's specific committees could participate in future concrete actions. He iterated that the public must be informed on the value of cultural patrimony and on illicit traffic of stolen objects. The Secretary General saw the Secretariat's task as a facilitator of contacts between possible contributors and ICBS coordinators.
The Advisory Chair said that ICOM must exert every effort to re-establish the National Committee in Afghanistan.
9. GENERAL CONFERENCES
A letter from the Chairperson of the Spanish National Committee was tabled. This letter defined the deficit of the Conference, a deficit that must be paid for by the Conference organisers, including the Spanish National Committee of ICOM. For the Spanish Committee this represents a fifth of the total sum or ? 54100. The Committee requested authorisation that this sum be deducted from the 2002 membership dues that are due for payment to the Secretariat. Further, the Committee will report to Council in December 2002 if the total sum had been used to cover its share of the Conference deficit. The Committee promises to pay the debt during a period of five years from 2003.
After discussions, members of Council deferred a decision on the request pending receipt of the Conference's detailed balance sheet as well as other relevant information that must be gathered from the Treasurer and Auditor.
It was recommended that in the future, a General Conference should not include the National Committee of the host country as a member of the Organising Committee.
Mr. Byung-mo Kim, Chairperson of ICOM Korea, gave his report. He said that members of the conference organising committee have not yet been named as his country is in the midst of elections and only after definite election results are known can partners be named. It is also too early to fix the registration fees.
Second circulars will be prepared in English, French, Japanese and Chinese. Expenses for extra interpreters and technical management will have to be discussed. The conference logo will use the official ICOM blue on a background of black and white. The venue is operational and he expected the ICOM President to go to Seoul for the official signing of the contract between ICOM and the Organising Committee.
He regretted that contacts have not been successful with colleagues of North Korea and therefore requested Council's assistance in this regard.
The President thanked Mr. Kim and extended Council's support in communicating with the appropriate officials in North Korea. The Secretary General informed Council of the forthcoming ASPAC Regional Assembly in China scheduled for October 2002. This assembly would be an important point in building up membership and interest for the General Conference in Seoul. He said that he would request the organisers of the ASPAC regional assembly to invite delegates from North Korea to attend.
Council took note of the two candidatures to host this conference. Discussions centred on the need for a quick decision as penalties may have to be paid by the unsuccessful candidate.
Visits to the proposed conference sites by Council members before the December 2002 meeting were suggested in order for Council to reach an informed decision. A budget will be drawn up to facilitate fact-finding missions of the sites. The two Vice Presidents were deemed as the ideal persons to visit the countries concerned and draft an objective and analytical report. M. Schaerer and E. Oloffson asked to be disqualified from decision-making on this matter.
10. REPORT OF THE ETHICS COMMITTEE
Council was informed that the President of the Ethics Committee had given a detailed report to the Advisory Committee on its activities and that the new Code is edited in three versions (English, French and Spanish).
Council named P. Makambila as its representative to the Ethics Committee, replacing the Vice President, B. Murphy.
11. NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEES
11.1. National Committees
Lao People's Democratic Republic
The Membership Officer tabled her report: she informed Council that a national committee in the Lao People's Democratic Republic had been created and that it had 6 individual members. Council approved the formal establishment of the Committee provided that it met all statutory requirements.
Council deliberated on the request from the American National Committee (AAM/ICOM) for an extension of its monthly anniversary membership renewal system that had been in place since 1999 and which was provisionally installed to assist in recruiting more members. Despite a drop in the Committee's membership in the past three years, Council decided to approve the extension of the system for another year to enable the new Committee Chair and Board to achieve its goals. Council said that the Committee must submit a written evaluation report about the system.
German National Committee
Council discussed the request from the German National Committee concerning the issuance of more than three cards to institutional members. In a vote of 6 for and 1 against, Council granted this request for a provisional period of two years (2003 and 2004); it set a fixed objective of increased institutional members that the Committee should achieve during the period. Council further decided that the number of cards issued for a museum would be 10% of the number of the museum's staff, i.e. if a museum has 200 staff, it will be entitled to 20 ICOM cards. However, a small museum (number of staff numbering 1-5) will have a minimum of three (3) cards. The German Committee is requested to render a yearly written report.
11.2. ICOM Fund
With regard to the ICOM Fund, E. Zell informed Council that a recent contribution of ? 458 from the French National Committee gave a total of ? 3515.14 (FF 23057.80) for the Fund at May 27, 2002. Council approved the following requests for assistance from the Fund for 2002 : ? 138 for the National Committee of Laos, and ? 115 for the National Committee of the Central African Republic.
Council approved financial assistance for 10 individual members resident in Afghanistan for a period of three years to help re-establish the national committee in that country.
11.3. Membership Subsidies
A request for a special subsidy from the National Committee of Uruguay was approved. This subsidy, which would enable the Committee's individual members to pay reduced rates, is valid only for 2002.
At the request of the Membership Officer, Council approved the revised list of countries where resident individual members of ICOM would be allowed to pay reduced annual dues. This list is based on the World Development Indicators Database of the World Bank (valid until July 2002) and includes all countries considered as low income ($ 755 GNP or less) and as lower middle income (GNP $756-$ 2995). Based on the list the Organisation will count 108 countries enjoying regular membership subsidies of which 57 have national committees.
11.4 Membership Dues 2003
Council approved the annual membership dues for 2003. In keeping with a decision taken by the General Assembly during ICOM 2001, a 3 % increase in all categories was approved.
12. OTHER MATTERS
12.1. Partnership with the Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO)
The Secretary General tabled a request for official partnership status from the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO); such a partnership would give opportunities for ICOM Arab to have support for its projects and programmes. Council was informed that ALECSO had a similar partnership agreement with UNESCO.
Council decided to accept the principle of an official partnership with ALECSO, provided that the text of the Protocol Agreement between the two organisations be first reviewed by legal counsel.
Council was informed that the draft Rules of this regional organisation had been received by the Secretariat. The Secretary General and the Membership Officer were charged with studying the document to ensure that it was in accordance with the Model Rules for Regional Organisations. Members of Council were asked to give their comments, if any, to the Secretary General.
13. DATES AND PLACE OF THE NEXT SESSIONS OF COUNCIL
|102nd Session ||10 and 11 December 2002 ||UNESCO House, Room XVI, 1 rue Miollis - 75015 Paris (France) |
|103rd Session || 6 June 2003 ||UNESCO House, Room XVI, 1 rue Miollis - 75015 Paris (France) |
|104th Session || 2nd and 3rd December 2003 |
[dates to be confirmed]
|UNESCO House, Room XVI, 1 rue Miollis - 75015 Paris (France) |