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[UNESCO Expert Meeting] Protection & Promotion of Museums & Collections

UNESCO Expert Meeting: Protection & Promotion of  Museums & Collections 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 – 14 July 2012

The Director-General of UNESCO, in consultation with the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the Brazilian Institute of Museums (IBRAM), is convening an international experts meeting on the protection and promotion of museums and collections, which will be held from 11 to 13 July 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The aim of the meeting is to conduct an assessment of the range of possible modalities for the protection and promotion of museums and collections in times of war and in times of peace on the basis of the 1954 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. The assessment report will then be submitted to the Executive Board of UNESCO for examination at its 190th session in October 2012.

“This meeting will provide a unique global platform for knowledge sharing, reflection and debate on the protection and promotion of museums and collections worldwide,” said Christian Manhart, Chief of the UNESCO Museums Section. Approximately 50 experts from museums, museum associations, universities and non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations around the world will participate in this experts meeting.

Working Documents:

Provisional Agenda: EN | FR | PT | ES

Rules of Procedure: EN | FR

Information Documents:

List of Participants: EN | FR

Records of the 36th General Conference – Resolutions EN (p.57) | FR (p.64)

UNESCO Concept Paper : EN | FR

Definitions of Select Concepts: EN FR | PT | ES

Source: UNESCO convenes Experts Meeting on Museums and Collections

Ethics Checklist for Museums: ICOM

This article was sourced from the Asia-Europe Museum Network

In May 2011, the International Council for Museums (ICOM), the ICOM Ethics Committee and
Germany’s central office for the documentation of lost cultural property jointly compiled the checklist on ethics of cultural property ownership.

The Ethics Checklist is a supplemental document for ICOM’s Code of Ethics for Museums

Considering the complexity of the ethical questions affecting the work of museums today, the Checklist is a tool for two purposes: it sets out the 8 organising principles that shape the detailed articles of the ICOM Code, as well as providing orientation and support in dealing with these complex topics; and it offers a list of contacts for further advice on particular questions.

Museum Ethics Checklist 8 organising principles:

  • Museums preserve, interpret and promote the natural and cultural inheritance of humanity
  • Museums that maintain collections hold them in trust for the benefit of society and its development
  • Museums hold primary evidence for establishing and furthering knowledge
  • Museums provide opportunities for the appreciation, understanding and promotion of the natural and cultural heritage
  • Museums hold resources that provide opportunities for other public services and benefits
  • Museums work in close collaboration with the communities from which their collections originate as well as those they serve
  • Museums operate in a legal manner
  • Museums operate in a professional manner

Download the Ethics Checklist for Museums here.