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Julien Anfruns, President of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS)

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Paris, 17 February 2009 PRESS RELEASE

Julien Anfruns, President of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS)

Julien AnfrunsOn 22 January, the International Committee of the Blue Shield appointed Julien ANFRUNS, the Director General of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), as its new President.

Mr Anfruns takes over from Joan VAN ALBADA, the former Secretary General of the International Council on Archives (ICA).

Safeguarding cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict or natural disasters

Mr ANFRUNS' main task will be to co-ordinate the measures implemented to protect cultural property by the five international organizations that make up the International Committee of the Blue Shield in the areas of archives, libraries, audiovisual archives, museums, monuments and sites. He will be responsible for guaranteeing the Committee's independence and steering its international policy.
In December 2008, the ICBS network acquired a new operating arm, the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS). ANCBS is a network of experts in disaster risk management from all areas of heritage. Its remit is to co-ordinate the activities of the National Committees, particularly in emergency situations, and facilitate the creation of new Committees. It is chaired by Karl VON HABSBURG.

International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS)

The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) was founded in June 1996 to promote the protection of cultural heritage, as defined in the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of 1954. It was set up by four international heritage organizations representing the interests of archives, museums, libraries, monuments and sites: the International Council on Archives (ICA); the International Council of Museums (ICOM); the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS); and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). They were joined by the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) in 2005. The ICBS symbol is the Blue Shield used to mark buildings to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict.

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Updated: 17 February 2009