18th International Council on Monuments and Sites General Assembly held in Florence (Italy)

Mr Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán, Assistant Director General for Culture, speaking at the opening of the 18th session of the General Assembly of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) recalled the fundamental role of culture as an enabler and driver of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. He also underlined the visionary ideas of UNESCO with regard to the topic of the General Assembly “Heritage and Landscape as Human Values” which were developed and taken on board in various international instruments since the adoption of the 1962 Recommendation on the Beauty and Character of Landscapes and Sites, through the 1972 World Heritage Convention and more recently the 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape.
The 18th ICOMOS General Assembly under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic and of the Director General of UNESCO is being held from 10-14 November 2014 in the World Heritage city of Florence. It brings together more than...

Mr Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán, Assistant Director General for Culture, speaking at the opening of the 18th session of the General Assembly of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) recalled the fundamental role of culture as an enabler and driver of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. He also underlined the visionary ideas of UNESCO with regard to the topic of the General Assembly “Heritage and Landscape as Human Values” which were developed and taken on board in various international instruments since the adoption of the 1962 Recommendation on the Beauty and Character of Landscapes and Sites, through the 1972 World Heritage Convention and more recently the 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape.

The 18th ICOMOS General Assembly under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic and of the Director General of UNESCO is being held from 10-14 November 2014 in the World Heritage city of Florence. It brings together more than 1000 heritage specialists from more than 90 countries.

They explore the theme "Heritage and Landscape as Human Values" according to five sub-themes:

 

  • Theme 1: Sharing and experiencing the identity of communities through tourism and interpretation
  • Theme 2: Landscape as cultural habitat
  • Theme 3: Sustainability through traditional knowledge
  • Theme 4: Community-driven conservation and local empowerment
  • Theme 5: Emerging tools for conservation practice

The General Assembly will conclude with a “Florence Declaration”.