Caption: Group of participants to the BS NC meeting standing in front of the European Parliament © Leyla Strobl, Roerich Foundation, 2018 Blue Shield National Committees from Europe gathered together in Brussels on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. During the meeting, hosted and co-organised by the Belgian and Austrian National Committee [...]
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General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria

The first Blue Shield General Assembly under the new 2016 Statutes was held in Vienna in 2017. The programme focussed on the direction of the Blue Shield under the new statutes.(Vienna 2017 Programme). As part of the event, Blue Shield Austria hosted a ceremony, attended by Irina Bokova, the Director General of UNESCO, to give [...]
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Blue Shield Meeting 2016, Milan, Italy

A Blue Shield meeting was held in Milan on the 6th of July 2016 (2016 Milan programme). The meeting was organised to strengthen the network of the Blue Shield national committees. The Final Meeting Report (22092016) was distributed to all participants and to the interim board of the Blue Shield.
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General Assembly ICBS and ANCBS 2014, Rome, Italy

An Extraordinary General Assembly of the ANCBS (Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield) was held with ICBS (International Committee of the Blue Shield) representatives present in Rome in 2014. It was at this meeting that the ICBS and ANCBS agreed to amalgamate. Several decisions were adopted at the Rome Conference: The Statute of [...]
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A General Conference was hosted by ANCBS in Vienna in 2012, with the following agenda: Appointment of a new Board Reports of National Committees Theoretical and practical aspects of ANCBS's operation. A joint meeting was held between ICBS and ANCBS in Paris in 2013 to establish closer ways of working. This information is taken from Twenty [...]
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The first international conference of the International Committee of the Blue Shield was held in Seoul, Korea, in December 2011. The theme was “Protecting the World’s Cultural Heritage in Times of Change: Emergency Preparedness and Response”. The conference was hosted by the National Museum of Korea. (View the Seoul 2011 conference programme). The conference objectives were: To [...]
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Blue Shield Conferences 2010

An ANCBS Conference was organised in Vienna, Austria, in April 2010, together with the World Archaeological Congress, about Archaeology in Conflict. You can view the Archaeology in Conflict Programme 2010, and photos of the event are available on the conference website. The proceedings of the conference are available online. In addition, the paper Archaeology in Conflict Perspectives, Problems, and [...]
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The Founding Conference of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS) was held in The Hague in December 2008. The founders of the Association include the already established National Committees of: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Macedonia, Norway, The Netherlands, USA. The following decisions were adopted at the conference: The Association's Statute was adopted; [...]
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Participants to the first ICBS Conference held in Turin, 2004 © Giorgio Perottino The first ICBS Conference was held in Torino, Italy, in 2004. It covered the following issues: The situation of cultural heritage in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere An initiative for the establishment of an Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield, which [...]
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The main objectives of ICBS were to facilitate international response to threats or emergencies through co-operation between ICBS and national organizations; to propose its services in terms of expertise; to encourage safeguarding and respect for cultural property; to promote standards for risk preparedness; and to train experts at a national or regional level to prevent, control and recover from [...]
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