The Central Coordinating Role of the ICC

In October 1993, a major event in the history of the Angkor site took place when representatives from relevant countries and international organizations met in Tokyo (Japan) to co-ordinate the international efforts for the preservation and development of the Angkor site.

Unanimously adopted by all States present at the Intergovernmental Conference, the Tokyo Declaration would set from then on the main principles that guide the provision of international assistance for Angkor. One of the main decisions of the Tokyo Conference was to establish an international co-ordinating mechanism that would be responsible for monitoring the international assistance and guaranteeing the relevance of the projects implemented in the site, as well as their conformity with international standards of conservation.

Since then, the International Co-ordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor), co-chaired by France and Japan, plays this fundamental role. The ICC channels to Angkor annually around 5 million USD devoted to more than thirty projects in various fields, namely institutional framework, research, restoration, training, community development, tourism, agriculture, urban development and infrastructures. UNESCO ensures the Standing Secretariat of the ICC, which is presently composed of 35 countries and international organizations. The decisions and recommendations of the ICC are subject to the agreement and co-operation of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

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