International Council On Monuments And Sites

Objectives and Mission: 

Further the conservation, protection, rehabilitation and enhancement of monuments, groups of buildings and sites; bring together conservation specialists and individuals and official and private bodies taking an active part in conservation; serve as a forum for professional dialogue and exchange, providing a mechanism for linking public authorities, institutions and individuals concerned with the conservation of monuments, groups of buildings and sites and ensuring their representation with international organizations; gather, study and disseminate information concerning principles, techniques and policies for the conservation, protection, rehabilitation and enhancement of monuments, groups of buildings and sites; cooperate with national and international authorities in creation and development of documentation centres specializing in conservation and protection of monuments, groups of buildings and sites, and with the study and practice of traditional building techniques; work for adoption and implementation of international conventions on conservation and enhancement of architectural heritage; promote interest in and protection of cultural heritage by authorities and the general public in all countries and encourage adoption and implementation of international recommendations concerning monuments, groups of buildings and sites; promote research and training and cooperate in preparing training programmes for specialists in the field.

General description: 

ICOMOS is dedicated to the development of common doctrines, the evolution and circulation of knowledge, the creation of improved conservation techniques, and the promotion of cultural heritage significance.
ICOMOS has built a solid philosophical, doctrinal and managerial framework for the sustainable conservation of heritage around the world.
As an official advisory body to the World Heritage Committee for the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, ICOMOS evaluates nominations and advises on the state of conservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Country Presence: 
Albania
Macao, China
Democratic Republic of the Congo
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Field of Interest: 
Architecture, Conservation, Cultural Heritage, Monuments, Natural Heritage, Restauration, Standards, Underwater Cultural Heritage, Water, World Heritage Safeguarding