During the Committee Meeting of the International Council on Monuments and Sites a delegation of E.C.C.O. was received in ICOMOS’ European headquarter to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations.
A warm welcome was given to E.C.C.O.’s delegation at ICOMOS’ Board Meeting in their European headquarters near Paris on the occasion of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. Representing E.C.C.O. were Susan Corr, President, Sebastian Dobrusskin, Vice-President, David Aguilella Cueco, Committee Member, Ana Galán, Committee Member, Kristian Schneider, Committee Member, Anja Romanowski, Vice-Secretary General. As a snapshot of nationalities these members represented Ireland, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy and Germany who immediately entered into an excited and intense exchange with the members of ICOMOS International gathered there from all over the world.
In a short introductory speech, Gustavo Araoz, President of ICOMOS International described the common points of E.C.C.O. and ICOMOS which point to the way in which both organisations can collaborate together to address the many challenges and threats Cultural Heritage is facing theses times.
ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, is an international, non-governmental organization with over 9,500 members in 110 countries. ICOMOS works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places. It is the only global non-government organisation of this kind, which is dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage. Its work is based on the principles enshrined in the 1964 International Charter on the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (the Venice Charter).
ICOMOS is a network of experts that benefits from the interdisciplinary exchange of its members, among which are architects, historians, conservator-restorers, archaeologists, art historians, geographers, anthropologists, engineers and town planners.
The members of ICOMOS contribute to improving the preservation of heritage, the standards and the techniques for each type of cultural heritage property: buildings, historic cities, cultural landscapes.
In addition, ICOMOS aims to:
- collect, evaluate and disseminate information on conservation principles, techniques and policies;
- cooperate with national and international authorities on the establishment of documentation centres specializing in conservation;
- work for the adoption and implementation of international conventions on the conservation and enhancement of architectural heritage;
- participate in the organization of training programmes for conservation specialists on a world-wide scale;
- place expertise of highly qualified professionals and specialists at the service of the international community.
Initial contact and possibilities for future Areas of Collaboration were developed by Grellan Rourke as ICOMOS Vice-President of ICOMOS and President of the European Group and Stefan Belishki, E.C.C.O.’s Vice-President.
- The sharing of regional and international networks to advance projects of benefit to ICOMOS and E.C.C.O.
- Involvement in the International Scientific Committees of ICOMOS in those areas that correspond to E.C.C.O. strategic goals.
- Joint publication and the dissemination of knowledge and information on good conservation practices derived from the work of the two organizations.
- Cooperation in the study and analysis of training and educational structures (undergraduate and graduate, professional specialisation, continuing education, crafts training, etc.) in order to promote excellence in capacity building in all areas of the world.
- Coordination, as appropriate, to enhance common work with regional, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs etc.
- ICOMOS and E.C.C.O. will keep each other informed of activities of mutual interest, on a regular basis as a means of enhancing communication flow between the two institutions, mobilising resources, making best use of limited resources and avoiding duplication.
We are looking forward to collaborating with ICOMOS and the prospect of good team work, we call on all the national bodies of the organisations to support this collaboration.