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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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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ICBS statement in support of the Cologne Archive 5th March 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 [...]
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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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East Timor was colonized by Portugal in the 16th century and was known as Portuguese Timor until Portugal's decolonization of the country. In the late 1975s, East Timor declared its independence. Later that year it was invaded and occupied by Indonesia and in 1976 was declared Indonesia's 27th province. In 1999, following the United Nations-sponsored act of [...]
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On August 29 2005 Katrina caused 53 different levee breaches in greater New Orleans, submerging eighty percent of the city. The storm surge also devastated the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, making Katrina the most destructive and costliest natural  disaster in the history of the United States, and the deadliest hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane. [...]
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Afghanistan has (already) faced decades of war. Nevertheless the (international) community is trying to rebuild the war-torn country. The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) have released the following statement on the international support pledged for the reconstruction of the Cultural Heritage in Afghanistan March 14th 2003 Notwithstanding the fact that several organisations and individuals [...]
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