09.12.2011 -

The International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) Meets in Siem Reap, Cambodia

@UNESCO/Chanthul Suos - 18th Plenary Session, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

On December 12-13 2011, the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) will be holding its 18th Plenary Session in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The objectives of this session are to discuss the status of preservation and development of Angkor, to assess the work that had been implemented in the last 6 months and to bring new assistance to the projects if necessary. The meeting will also provide a forum to many countries and institutions to review their assistance to Angkor, World Heritage Site. While the actual meeting will be convened on 13 December, a series of visits and inaugurations will take place on 12 December.

After Angkor was inscribed in the World Heritage List on December 14, 1992, an International Cordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC) was established. The creation of the ICC was one of the conditions given by the World Heritage Committee to accept the Angkor Site onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. Since that time, the ICC has convened regularly twice a year, thus consistently following up on all operations being carried out on the site. ICC is an international mechanism for coordinating assistances being  extended by different countries and organizations. It ensures the consistency of the different projects, defines, when necessary, financial standards and calls the attention of the concerned parties when required.

The ICC is co-chaired by France and Japan, represented by their ambassadors in Cambodia. UNESCO provides the services of a Standing Secretariat.   The tribute that the Cambodian authorities and ICC-co-chairs pay year after year to each of the team presents an indication of the international and multilateral dimension of the work being implemented at Angkor. A look over the years demonstrates the high quality of work accomplished at Angkor and the positive and dynamic relationships born of this framework.

A press conference will take place in the evening of 13 December, after the meeting.




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