02.12.2013 -

Meeting of the International Coordinating Committee for Angkor (ICC-Angkor) and the 3rd Intergovernmental Conference in Siem Reap

@UNESCO/Chanthul Suos – Adhoc experts visit Takeo Temple

2 December, 2013 - Angkor is a city and an archaeological park contains the magnificent remains of the different capital of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th century. Stretching over some 401 km2, including the forested areas, this Cambodian national pride has been inscribed on the World Heritage List on December 14, 1992.

Angkor does not refer only to Angkor Wat but also to Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple, and the hydraulic structures and other monuments around it. Angkor has become an integral part of the Cambodian identity and continues to attract millions of national and international tourists every year.

After the inscription, Angkor site was simultaneously listed as World Heritage in danger. It quickly captured the imagination and attention of the international community, which led to the first conference on Angkor in Tokyo in October 1993, and soon, the establishment of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor).

The creation of the ICC-Angkor was one of the conditions given by the World Heritage Committee to accept the Angkor Site on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Since that time, the ICC-Angkor has convened regularly twice a year, thus consistently following up with all operations being carried out on the site. It is the international mechanism which coordinates assistance to the Angkor extended by different countries and organizations. The ICC-Angkor ensures the consistency of the different projects, defines, when necessary, the standards, and calls the attention of the concerned parties when required.

Due to the efforts of the ICC-Angkor, in 2004, Angkor was removed from the World Heritage List in Danger. Currently, the UNESCO Phnom Penh Office continues to work with the Royal Government of Cambodia and the international community on three major restoration projects namely at the Angkor Wat Temple, the Bayon Temple in the Angkor Thom Complex, the former capital of the Khmer Empire and the Srah Srang Royal Basin Group.

The Kingdom of Cambodia hosted the 37th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Phnom Penh, in June of this year; as a result, the Technical Session that usually takes place in June is postponed to take place on 3 and 4 December. The 22nd Technical Session will cover issues of conservation, archaeological research, tourism and more specifically community development.

The Khloros Concert and APSARA National Authority, with the support of UNESCO and the French Embassy, will be holding a concert of contemporary and classical music featuring the Royal Ballet of Cambodia and the Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra on 5th and 6th December from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. The event will celebrate the work of the third Intergovernmental Conference for the Safeguarding and Development of Angkor, and the creation of the International Coordinating Agency for Angkor (ICC-Angkor).

At the same time, the 20th Plenary Session will be held and focus on new projects concerning conservation and development of Angkor with an emphasis on outlook for the next decade in safeguarding and development of the World Heritage Site.

The Royal Government of Cambodia will also host the 3rd Intergovernmental Conference on Angkor, on December 5, after the first conference held in Tokyo in 1993 and the 2nd Conference held in Paris in 2003. This year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the ICC-Angkor.

For more information, please contact UNESCO Communication Officer, at hj.lee@unesco.org

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