nav shield  GENERAL ASSEMBLY 
     12 -15 September, Vienna

Blue Shield is organising their General Assembly 2017 at the Vienna Rathaus (Town Hall) in Austria between Tuesday 12 and Friday 15 September. 
There is no registration fee.

Practical information for national committees attending

Provisional Programme

Registration form  (both committees and observers)

Financial Report Blue Shield 2014-2017

Elections


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Vienna City Hall 

See you in Vienna!
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nav shield Blue Shield Guatamala 

Blue Shield Guatamala has worked together with the International Council on Museums to organise a course on heritage protection in times of crises.
This training took place in El Salvador and will travel through to Costa Rica and Perú!

IMG 2039 


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Blue Shield Argentina is proud to present the book "Blue Shields in Argentina".This publication contains all the work Argentina is doing to protect its cultural property in case of armed conflict.

Next to this book it also draws attention to the blue shield television series Motivados por la Historia.
Watch part 1 here 

 

Escudos Azules en Argentina

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

 

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.

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.
Join their online community here

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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.

Read more here

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nav shield The Hague- International Criminial Court

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."

Read the ICC- file 

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