ICOMOS, a unique non-governmental international heritage organisation

Role of  ICOMOS

ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, is a global non-governmental organisation associated with UNESCO. It is dedicated to promoting the conservation, protection, use and enhancement of monuments, built ensembles and sites. It is involved in the development of common doctrines, in the evolution and circulation of ideas, and in raising awareness.

ICOMOS is an advisory body to the World Heritage Committee for the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. As such, it evaluates World Heritage nominations for the cultural properties and advises on the state of conservation of properties already inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Its founding in 1965 was the logical outcome of discussions that architects, historians and international specialists had had since the beginning of the 20th century, which led to the adoption of the Venice Charter in 1964. As a result of numerous articles, papers, symposia, seminars and reflections carried out by its National and International Scientific Committees, ICOMOS has slowly built a philosophical and doctrinal framework for heritage at an international level.

ICOMOS is a network of experts that benefits from the interdisciplinary exchange of its members, among which are architects, historians, 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 and archaeological sites.

ICOMOS – As of March 2016

  • 9,500 Individual Members in 151 countries
  • 300 Institutional Members
  • 106 National Committees
  • 28 International Scientific Committees

Website: www.icomos.org