Because of the wide range of challenges and disruptions taking place to effective heritage conservation in the US in recent years, US/ICOMOS has found it necessary to elevate advocacy as a core activity.

With a network that includes monthly information sharing meetings with representatives of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Action, the National Association of State Historic Preservation Officers, the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, the Coalition for American Heritage, and many other important national heritage conservation organizations, US/ICOMOS has publicly taken positions and issued statements on the following issues:

Recent Advocacy

Transnistria Between Peace and War: Free Webinar 2 June 2022, 5 pm CEST

As part of a new US/ICOMOS series on heritage at risk, we are presenting “Transnistria Between Peace and War” with renowned Moldovan scholar Sergiu Musteață, Professor in the History and Geography Department at Ion Creanga Pedagogical State University in Chisinau, Moldova, and member of ICOMOS-Moldova.   The session will cover…

Ukraine’s Heritage at Risk: Resources

Pecherskyi District, Kyiv, Ukraine
Following our Annual Celebration of World Heritage on 9 April, US/ICOMOS presented a program on Ukraine’s Heritage at Risk with speakers from both Ukraine and the U.S. explaining the history of the conflict and efforts to preserve Ukraine’s heritage. The session included a presentation and a Q&A session with Dr.…

Cultural Heritage and Armed Conflict: the Case of Ukraine

By Meisha Hunter, FAAR, U.S. Committee Chair International Scientific Committee on Water and Heritage Cultural Heritage and Armed Conflict: the Case of Ukraine and a Short History of International Cultural Heritage Protections in Time of War This presentation seeks to illustrate the war not only as a humanitarian crisis, but…

World Archaeological Congress Statement on the Invasion of Ukraine

5 March, 2022 World Archaeological Congress Statement on the Invasion of Ukraine by the armed forces of the Russian Federation as ordered by President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin As a community of archaeologists of the world, the World Archaeological Congress opposes the violation of basic human rights and condemns the use…

Statement by US/ICOMOS on the Cultural Destruction of Ukraine

Flag of Ukraine
The United States National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites deplores the brutality and destruction inflicted by Russian forces as they pursue the conquest of the sovereign state of Ukraine. This action is anathema to the principles upon which the United Nations was founded, to the sustainability…

ICOMOS Statement on Ukraine

Pecherskyi District, Kyiv, Ukraine
ICOMOS Statement on Ukraine Paris, 24 February 2022 ICOMOS deplores the lives already lost and threatened by the deterioration of the situation in the Ukrainian territory. ICOMOS also fears that serious threats weigh on Ukraine’s heritage. As one of the foremost organisations in the heritage field and Advisory Body to…