17th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium

Heritage, driver of development’27 November to 2 December 2011, Paris, France

ICOMOS General Assembly 2011 Photo: ICOMOS

The most important triennial gathering of ICOMOS will take place from 27 November to 2 December 2011 for the first time in Paris at UNESCO headquarters. Organised by ICOMOS France, it benefits of the High Patronage of Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic and of Ms Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO. The event is also supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing.

The General Assembly is accompanied by a Scientific Symposium on the theme “Heritage: Driver of Development”. Both events are open to ICOMOS members and non-members alike.

Register on-line as of now!
Early bird registration deadline is 27 August 2011

Visit the special website www.icomos-paris2011.com to consult the full programme, register on-line and obtain information on negotiated hotel rates and the post-tours to World Heritage cities in France on offer.

The General Assembly is the occasion where ICOMOS debates its strategy and programme for the coming three years, adopts important resolutions, elects its next board, appoints its Honorary Members and awards the Gazzola Prize – the organization’s highest distinction.

The programme include a special evening event for young professionals and universities, a forum where the ICOMOS International Scientific Committees will present their activities to participants and an event to allow participants to exchange with colleagues from their region.

Evening receptions are planned among other at the Cité de l’architecture and His Highness the Aga Khan makes us the honour of welcoming the ICOMOS membership at the Domaine de Chantilly, owned by the Institut de France, for a private visit.

The Scientific Symposium ‘Heritage, driver of development’

The effects of globalisation, which are manifest in the growing trends towards standardisation and westernisation, bring various forms of instability to human societies on every continent. Until now, heritage has been confined to the role of passive conservation of the past, and so has often been seen as a burden hindering development. In the future, it should be called upon instead to play a major role, re-establishing cultural identity and diversity as key reference points for development; these factors are currently endangered, yet vital. There is therefore a need to reassess the role of heritage in a constructive way.

The Scientific Symposium will explore the theme under four sub-headings:

  • regional development,
  • development and return to the art of building,
  • development as tourism,
  • the economics of development.

Selected among the 470 abstracts received, 60 papers will be presented at the Symposium and in addition around 100 additional short presentations will be given at speaker’s corners in order to maximise the participation of ICOMOS members at the Scientific Symposium.

About ICOMOS Founded in 1965, one year after the signature of the International Charter on the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites, known as the "Venice Charter", ICOMOS is an association of over 10 000 cultural heritage professionals present in over 110 countries throughout the world, working for the conservation and protection of monuments and sites – the only global non-government organisation of its kind. It benefits from the cross-disciplinary exchange of its members who foster improved heritage conservation standards and techniques for all forms of cultural properties.

ICOMOS is officially recognized as an advisory body to UNESCO, actively contributing to the World Heritage Committee and taking part in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

For more information:


ICOMOS International Council on Monuments and Sites
 International Secretariat
49-51 rue de la Fédération 75015 Paris – France
Tel : +33 (0) 1 45 67 67 70
Fax : +33 (0) 1 45 66 06 22
E-mail / courriel : secretariat@icomos.org

Work area: 
Protected Areas
Protected Areas
World Heritage
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