Peter Stone, President of the Blue Shield, was “honoured, delighted, and slightly embarrassed” to be presented with the prestigious Cultural Protection Ambassador Award International Arts & Antiquities Security Forum (IAASF) on 12 September 2023. He was nominated by the UK National Commission for UNESCO for his “dedication to cultural heritage working closely with UNESCO and the Blue Shield”.
The IAASF is an international organisation dedicated to supporting and educating a global audience on the protection of arts, antiquities, and cultural heritage. The annual conference brings together experts in security (ranging from fire, flood, and disaster, to theft, terrorism, and conflict). During the conference, Stone gave the keynote address where he talked about the impact conflict has on cultural heritage on a global scale, and highlighted the need for cultural property protection experts to work with experts such as those brought together by the conference.
After accepting the award, Stone said