taken during the 107th Session of the Executive Council
- 9th and 10th June 2005 - Paris, France
of the Agenda
The agenda was adopted with minor amendments.
Adoption of the Minutes of the 106th Session of the
1st to 3rd December 2004, Paris (France)
The minutes were adopted; the comments will be incorporated
in the minutes of the meeting.
of the 67th Session of the Advisory Committee [Günther
presented by Günther Dembski, Chairperson of the Advisory
Committee, was adopted.
of the Secretary General [John Zvereff]
The report of the Secretary General was approved; the
comments will be incorporated in the minutes of the
Financial Reports [Nancy Hushion, Treasurer]
The 2004 Balance Sheet and the revised 2005 Budget were
adopted by the Executive Council. Members were assured
that all future budgets, in particular those for 2006
and 2007, would be coordinated with the Strategic Plan.
At the close of the meeting, the Treasurer presented
a proposal for discussion in December outlining a scaled
approach to allocations for the International Committees.
As for the special projects for 2006, the Executive
Council approved the recommended list of projects with
corresponding allocations, and decided that the text
outlining ICOM's guidelines should be updated and made
public in June 2005. The text will be posted on the
ICOM Web Site.
ICOM 2004-2010 Strategic Plan [Alissandra Cummins
& John Zvereff]
Executive Council approved in principle the Strategic
Plan as presented. Members further noted that the document
as it presently stands is primarily destined for ICOM
members, and does not yet take into account the fact
that it will have additional primary audiences or readers.
The Secretary-General was asked to incorporate these
concerns into a revised version of the Executive Summary
so that it might even serve as a " case statement "
for potential funders.
Implementation of the ICOM Strategic Plan 2004-2010
A proposal outlining a revised mandate and name for
the Programme Committee was discussed. Gary Edson was
requested to review it as part of the proposed changes
to the Statutes. The current Programme Committee Chair
and members were thanked for their service which was
A. Reports of the Standing Committees
Bernice Murphy, Chairperson of the Committee, presented
her report, which was approved by the Executive Council.
Executive Council authorized the Ethics Committee to
update this Committee's mandate for ultimate consideration
by Council. The Executive Council also requested that
the Ethics Committee review the "International Mediation
Process for the Resolution of Disputes over the Ownership
of Objects in Museums Collections" document submitted
by the Legal Affairs Committee, and report back in time
for the Executive Council's meeting in December.
The Executive Council decided that letters stating ICOM's
position should be written to:
- UNESCO (Cary Karp and Alissandra Cummins) on the priority
ICOM would give to the UNESCO/ WSIS agenda;
- ICANN (Cary Karp) concerning an extension plan until
October 2006 ;
- The Getty Foundation (John Zvereff, with the support
of Cary Karp) applying for funding assistance in ensuring
the on-going and dynamic character of <.museum> within
the context of ICOM's approved strategic plan.
- Legal Affairs : ICOM's support for the mediation
process to solve disputes relating to ownership of cultural
Council members took due note of the document sent by
the Legal Affairs Committee. The Executive Council recognize
the desirability for the Ethics Committee to advise
ICOM on this issue. Contacts between the Chairs of the
two Committees will be established for this purpose.
- International Committees
Martin Schärer presented the report. In principle
the Group's mandate was approved by the Council but
the document will have to be reviewed again in December
2005, with some revisions being worked out by Martin
Schärer and Per B. Rekdal in cooperation with Gary
Edson. Council also agreed to reorienting and appropriately
grouping the terms of reference, in order to follow
a precise plan for their form and content.
No new International Committee can be established before
the Standing Committee becomes operational. In addition,
Yani Herreman, was confirmed to serve as Chairperson
of this new Committee.
- Nominations Committee
Knut Wik, Chairperson of the Committee, presented the
Recommendations and work schedule of the Committee.
The two documents were noted by the Executive Council.
The Chairperson agreed to produce a further report in
December 2005 for consideration to the Executive Council.
B. Reports of the Reform Groups and Task Forces
The Executive Council studied and endorsed the composition
of the new Committees (list appended). A number of principles
were adopted for the composition of the Committees and
Groups. The Executive Council approved the proposal
to change the French name of Permanent Committee (Comité
Permanent) to Comission Permanente.
- Revision of the ICOM Statutes and Manual of ICOM's
Procedures and Policies
Gary Edson presented two complementary documents. Members
indicated the need for some adjustments to Articles
18:1, 20:6, 10:1, 3: 2 and 3:1, as well as the need
to include a detailed foreword. The Council decided
that the advice of a French legal counsel should be
sought to ensure that the revised Statutes comply with
the French law of 1901 related to associations. The
Secretary General, undertook to find a French legal
counsel specialised in this specific domain, as soon
as the revised document is received.
With regard to the Manual on Procedures and Policies,
the Executive Council asked that this text be reviewed
and re-submitted in December 2005. [There was a need
to amend sections 3 and 4 c.(3)]. In the meantime, members
should send their comments to Gary Edson who will draw
up a work schedule to ensure that these documents will
be ready for submission in Vienna, after consultations
with the Advisory Committee in 2006, during the General
Conference of 2007.
- Regional Organisations
The Executive Council approved the report submitted
by Gary Edson. Hans-Martin Hinz was appointed as Vice-Chair
of the Task Force on National Committees and Regional
- Cross Cultural Task Force
The Executive Council appointed Amareswar Galla to chair
the Cross Cultural Task Force. Members approved the
composition of the new body.
Reports of Partners
Members of the Executive Council took due note of the
reports presented by partners and decided that in the
future partners should be invited to present these reports
during the Advisory Committee, as this would give them
Report on National and International Committees [Eloisa
Zell, ICOM Membership Officer]
- The Task Force on National Committees and Regional
Organisations will study the impact of increasing the
number of cards issued to institutional members. The
trial period of the German National Committee was extended
until submission of this report.
- The Executive Council decided to raise the dues by
3% for individual members only.
- The Executive Council decided to allocate the amount
of 4 100€ to the ICOM Fund.
- The Secretariat was instructed that efforts should
be made to heighten the visibility of National Committees
which have contributed to the ICOM Fund (Australia,
France, United Kingdom and Switzerland), as well as
supporting members, contributors and individual donors.
- Presentation of the final ICOM 2004 Report by a representative
of the ICOM SEOUL 2004 Organising Committee
The Executive Council congratulated the ICOM 2004 Organising
Committee for the magnificent Conference organised in
2004. With regard to the proposed Journal on Intangible
Heritage, the Executive Council welcomed the principle
of this excellent proposal and asked for a proposal
on collaboration with ICOM to be submitted by the National
Committee of Korea.
- Report on the preparation for ICOM 2007 [Armine Wehdorn]
The Executive Council took due note of the report presented
by Armine Wehdorn. They accepted the new dates of the
ICOM 2007 General Conference, which now will be held
19 to 24 August 2007, because of a very important Symposium
right after ICOM General Conference that could lead
to lodging difficulties for the participants. Members
of the Executive Council asked for a meeting to be organised
between the Working Group on the theme and the Executive
Council on the theme of the Conference and the keynote
speakers. This session will take place in Vienna (Austria)
in December 2005.
- ICOM 2010
The Executive Council duly noted the eligible candidacies
of China and Russia for the General Conference in 2010.
The Executive Council designated two representatives,
Nancy Hushion and Michel Van-Praët, to work with the
Secretariat to review the two proposed hosts' arrangements
and readiness to host ICOM 2010. They will also visit
both countries to study their candidacies and provide
ICOM with an impartial evaluation in June 2006, during
the Advisory Committee and Executive Council sessions.
- Report on the preparation of the draft Manual of the
General Conference and General Assembly [Elisabet Olofsson]
The Executive Council took due note of the document
presented, which will be revised with members of the
Emergency situations Task Force
Thomas Schuler presented his report, which was approved
by the Executive Council. Alissandra Cummins announced
that the sum of 45 000 Euro will be transferred to the
DRFM Fund. The Group will draft its guidelines (before
December 2005), as well as a series of recommendations
for ICOM. The Executive Council appointed Thomas Schuler
as Chairperson of the Reform Group. Pavel Jirasek will
serve as Vice-Chairperson.
Theme of International Museum Day in 2006: Museums and
Theme of International Museum Day in 2007: Museums as
Foundations of Understanding.
Per Rekdal was appointed Representative of the Executive
Council to the International Council of African Museums
The Executive Council noted the importance of appropriately
commemorating the upcoming 60th anniversary of ICOM
in 2006, which will be based on the various proposals
presented. Günther Dembski was charged to jointly
coordinate these events with the Secretary General.
Dates and places of the forthcoming meetings
108th Session: 5, 6 and 7 December, 2005, Vienna
109th Session: 28 May, 1st & 2 June 2006, Paris,