nav shield Blue Shield Austria calls for a stop on the High-rise Project on Heumarkt in Vienna
The Ringstrasse ensemble, an unparalleled example of the interplay of outdoor spaces and magnificent buildings, is at risk of being opened up to speculative development.
A project for a luxury apartment building has been proposed in the heart of the World Heritage Site, located directly on Vienna’s Heumarkt between the Konzerthaus and the Stadtpark.

Pettitioners strongly oppose the redevelopment plans for the Heumarkt in the UNESCO listed Historic Centre of Vienna and demand:

1. that the re-zoning process be stopped immediately

2. that the developer return to square one and that the new design be in compliance with UNESCO guidelines

3. that there be no annexation of public property and that the Wiener Eislaufverein (Viennese Ice-skating Association), which presently
plays an important recreational role for a large segment of the population, also remain easily accessible to the public during the summer

4. that the “properties” and buffer zones of all of Vienna’s World Heritage Sites not be subject to re-zoning (i.e., permitting buildings to be
erected that are significantly taller than the present zoning allows) in the interest of private developers; these exemptions for World
Heritage Sites must be specified in the city’s official planning instruments (Management Plan, Master Plan Glacis, High-rise Concept)

5. full disclosure of all city-planning endeavors to ensure that public interests are protected.

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nav shield  Support Blue Shield Belgium in their effort to fight illicit trafficking of arts and sign the petition against abolishing the ‘Art & Antiques’ section of the Federal Judicial Police.
Please read and sign their petition here 

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The Connecting to Collections Care Online Community helps smaller cultural institutions to provide well-informed care for valuable collections. 
Search their website for preservation and conservation information, links to resources, as well as access to recorded webinars and online discussions. 

All content in the online community is provided for FREE.
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The National Archives of Finland, an agency operating under the Ministry of Education and Culture, has during this autumn taken digital copies of documents that have become endangered due to the Syrian Civil War into safekeeping. While hoping that the original documents will survive the destruction of the war, Finland has for its part wanted to ensure that the information contents will be preserved for future generations by serving as a haven for the documents.

Finland is one of the first countries in the world to serve as a haven for endangered documents.

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ICC Trial Chamber VIII declares Mr Al Mahdi guilty of the war crime of attacking historic and religious buildings in Timbuktu and sentences him to nine years’ imprisonment
Destruction of cultural heritage has in recent years become an integral part of many armed conflicts but has often remained unpunished.
Director-General Irina Bokova UNESCO speaks of a "milestone in the recognition of heritage."

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Blue Shield International congratulates its Argentinian colleagues with the attribution of their 22nd blue shield to one of their national treasures.
In the presence of 5 different national Ministers they proudly conducted the act.

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Reveiling the Blue Shield are Vice Minister of Defence, Ángel Tello - Nacional director of Human Righta and internacional humanitarian law, Jorge Szeinfeld (Ministery of Defence) - President of the national comisión of monuments, museums and heritage of the Ministry of Culture,  ms Teresa Anchorena -National director of relación with Unesco, Mr. Miguens. Of the Ministry of educación- Representative of the Foreing Affaires Office. Mr Damian Dorby and Almirant Nadale Horacio, Head of the Navy.

Photo Lucina Micha - Ministerios de Defensa, de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, de Educación y Deportes y de Cultura.

UK National Committee of the Blue Shield
press release 19 May 2016
nav shieldThe UK National Committee of the Blue Shield is very pleased to welcome the announcement made in the Queen’s Speech on 18th May 2015 that HM Government intends to table legislation which will result in the UK being able to accede to the 1954 Hague Convention of the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols of 1954 and 1999.

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The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has published a “red list” of Libyan antiquities at risk during the current civil war.
The purpose of the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk is to alert customs officials, police forces and the art trade to potentially looted antiquities. 

The publication illustrates the type of antiquities that are now vulnerable, although it is not a list of specific objects that have been looted.
Among the examples are pre-historic rock art, stones inscribed with Greek, Punic, Latin and Arabic writing, sculptures, “veiled” female funerary busts, wall paintings and mosaics, sarcophagi, jewellery and coins.

Download  Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk

Logo ICOM Illicit trafficking in works of art and cultural property has become a serious business over the past decades.
The International Council on Museums (ICOM) helps to bring this serious issue to light through the ICOM International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods.
Learn about good practices, awareness-raising, due diligence and much more here