The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is an association of professionals that currently brings together approximately 9,500 members throughout the world, dedicated to the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

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 cultural 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) as well as a number of other conservation doctrines.

As a network of international experts, ICOMOS 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 the preservation of heritage, developing and improving the standards and the techniques for each type of cultural heritage property such as buildings, historic cities, cultural landscapes and archaeological sites.

The objectives of ICOMOS are:

  • To bring together conservation specialists from all over the world and serve as a forum for professional dialogue and exchange
  • To collect, evaluate and disseminate information on conservation principles, techniques and policies
  • To co-operate with national and international authorities on the establishment of documentation centres specialising in conservation
  • To work for the adoption and implementation of international conventions on the conservation and enhancement of architectural heritage
  • To participate in the organisation of training programs for conservation specialists on a world-wide scale
  • To put the expertise of highly qualified professionals and specialists at the service of the international community

The ICOMOS Board consists of the President, the Secretary General, the Treasurer, five Vice Presidents, 12 general members and the President of the Advisory Committee. These members (together with invited experts) all have demonstrated professional qualities and represent every major region of the globe. The Board prepares the program and the budget, oversees their implementation and registers new National and International Committees. It is assisted by the Advisory Committee (comprising the Presidents of each National, Transnational and International Scientific Committee of ICOMOS) and the Scientific Council (comprising the Presidents of each of the International Scientific Committees).

For further information, visit the ICOMOS International website.