The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) was founded in 1996. This was followed in 2006 by the creation of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS). These organisations wrote a number of Charters and Declarations, illustrating the principles and history of the organisation. Each of these documents was written at […]

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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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ANCBS Report for the Civil-Military Assessment for Malian Heritage

The objective of the mission was to evaluate the current situation of Cultural Heritage (including monuments, archaeological and historical sites and archives) in Northern Mali after the recent armed conflict. Especially possibilities to establish contacts with the Malian Armed Forces resulting in support for their eventual endeavors to help protecting Cultural Heritage following international legal obligations had to be [...]
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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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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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Second Blue Shield Rescue Mission to Cologne, August 2009

On the afternoon of Tuesday 3 March, the building of the Historic Archive of the city of Cologne in Germany collapsed along with two neighbouring buildings. Two residents of these neighbouring buildings were killed. The building dated from the 1970s and contained some 65,000 original charters as well as valuable collections of maps, images, posters [...]
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On the afternoon of Tuesday 3 March, the building of the Historic Archive of the city of Cologne in Germany collapsed along with two neighbouring buildings. Two residents of these neighbouring buildings were killed. The building dated from the 1970s and contained some 65,000 original charters as well as valuable collections of maps, images, posters [...]
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On April 6, 2009 an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck central Italy with its epicentre near L'Aquila. The earthquake killed over 300 people and caused damage to between 3,000 and 11,000 buildings in the medieval city of L'Aquila. ANCBS statement on earthquake Abruzzo 8 April 2009 On behalf of the Association of National Committees of the [...]
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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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