General Assembly

Every three years, ICOMOS holds its General Assembly, which comprises meetings of the International Executive Committee, Advisory Committee and Scientific Council, voting in of the new International Executive Committee, meetings of the International Scientific Committees and a conference.

The General Assembly is usually attended by over 1000 heritage professionals from around the world and is a wonderful opportunity to travel, learn more about the larger ICOMOS organisation and attend talks and lectures on heritage conservation topics from around the world.

Many Australia ICOMOS members regularly attend the General Assembly – the 2008 General Assembly in Canada was attended by more than 25 Australians!

ICOMOS’ General Assembly page has information on past General Assemblies.


21st General Assembly of ICOMOS, 2023

Australia ICOMOS hosted the 21st General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites) in Sydney from 31 August to 9 September 2023.

Over 1,200 ICOMOS Members and other heritage experts gathered in Sydney, for an engaging program of site visits, functions, workshops and a four-day Scientific Symposium on the theme of ‘Heritage Changes: Resilience – Responsibility – Rights – Relationships’.

The General Assembly (GA2023) will leave a lasting positive legacy to the recognition, protection and management of cultural and natural heritage and for communities that value and care for it in Australia and globally.

GA2023 Video Highlights

Selected highlights from ICOMOS GA2023 are now available on the ICOMOS YouTube Channel at the following links:

Opening Ceremony Speeches Sunday 3 September

Keynote Speeches Monday 4 September

World Heritage Panel Friday 8 September

More information about GA2023 is available at the official GA2023 website.

Access the delegate survey report here

20th General Assembly of ICOMOS, 2020

The GA2020 Organising Committee has issued a FINAL Coronavirus GA2020CLICK HERE to read the whole statement.

Key points from this statement are reproduced below:

  • Australia ICOMOS is delighted that the ICOMOS Board has graciously determined that the 21st triennial General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS will be hosted by Australia ICOMOS in Sydney in September 2023.
  • Australia ICOMOS is hosting an online ‘marker’ event on Wednesday 7 October 2020 – 8.00pm AEDT (Sydney / Canberra), 11:00am CEST (Paris), 5:00am EDT (New York) to acknowledge the excellent work and wonderful support for the 20th Triennial General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS that could not be hosted in Sydney in 2020. >> CLICK HERE for more information about this event.

Related statements about GA2020 & GA2023 can be read at this link.


19th General Assembly of ICOMOS, 2017

The 18th General Assembly of ICOMOS was held in Delhi, India on 11-15 December 2017, with the theme of “Heritage and Democracy”. For further information, visit the 19th General Assembly website.


18th General Assembly of ICOMOS, 2014

The 18th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS was held in Florence, Italy on 10-14 November 2014, with the theme of “Heritage and Landscape as Human Values”.


17th General Assembly of ICOMOS, 2011

 The 17th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS was held from 27 November to 2 December 2011 in Paris, France. The symposium theme was “Heritage, as an engine for development”.