16 November 2008
16 to 19 November 2008: Annual ICCROM Council Meeting
From Nov 16th-19th 2008 Stefan Simon, since 2005 ICCROM council member elected from the General Assembly of the member states, participated at the annual council meeting on program and budget in Rome (Italy). In the focus of the discussions was the development of long-term strategic planning for the institution and the sustainability of the program in times of a worldwide recession.
ICCROM is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage. Its members are individual states which have declared their adhesion to it. It exists to serve the international community as represented by its Member States, which currently number more than 125.
It is the only institution of its kind with a worldwide mandate to promote the conservation of all types of cultural heritage, both movable and immovable.
The decision to found the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property was made at the 9th UNESCO General Conference in New Delhi in 1956, at a time of mounting interest in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage. It was subsequently established in Rome in 1959 at the invitation of the Government of Italy.
Since 1967 German experts have been continuously present in the Council: Stefan Simon follows in his function the well-known Conservators/Restorers and Conservation Scientists Johannes Taubert (1967-1976), Agnes G Ballestrem (1977-1985), Helmut Bansa (1986-1997) und Erwin Emmerling (1998-2005).