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SIGArt 2014: Protecting Europe’s Cultural Heritage



The International Conference on Cultural Heritage Security will be held in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia, on 26-27 May 2014 under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of Croatia and of the Croatian National Commission for UNESCO. It will bring together experts and organisations to discuss a broad range of issues relating to the protection of cultural heritage in different contexts.

Participants will include members of UNESCO, ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and ICOM (International Council of Museums), curators of museums around Europe and representatives of cultural departments, disaster relief services and the institutions of the host country, Croatia (Ministry of Culture, Croatian Conservation Institute, Ministry of Finance).

Following the official  opening, addresses will be given by Rut Carek, Secretary-General of the Croatian Commission for UNESCO and Véronique Dauge, Head of the Culture Unit of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy). They will present, respectively, the "Cooperation of the Republic of Croatia with UNESCO and the importance of conventions in the field of culture" and "UNESCO's action in the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property". Aparna Tandon from ICCROM will present ICCROM’s multi-partner action on disaster risk management ".

The conference is set to cover a wide range of topics including: safeguarding cultural heritage, modern methods and techniques of prevention, risk management, security aspects of museum curatorship, modern security systems, protection of archaeological monuments and European experiences. 

The issues surrounding cultural heritage security to be discussed in the course of the event relate closely to the content of several UNESCO Conventions, including: the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, the 1972 Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.