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Through the Lens of the Venice Charter: Ukraine and Cambodia
04/18/2024 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM ET
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April 18th is the International Day for Monuments and Sites (IDMS)! This annual event, established by ICOMOS in 1982, provides an opportunity for enthusiasts and organizations around the world to come together and celebrate the importance of cultural heritage.

The theme of this year’s IDMS, “Disasters & Conflicts Through the Lens of the Venice Charter,” celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Venice Charter. However, it also challenges us to think critically about the document’s main ideas given the context in which it was written, and the context in which we find ourselves in today: sixty years after its adoption, the world faces a climate emergency, a growing number of natural disasters, and armed conflicts destroying cultural sites and displacing communities on a massive scale.

In keeping with this theme, our April World Heritage Webinar will delve into the history of the Venice Charter and its influence on heritage conservation practice. We will then hear from experts involved in heritage safeguarding in Ukraine and post-conflict recovery in Cambodia. They will discuss how conflict threatens cultural heritage beyond physical destruction and how this creates challenges for conservation. Join us as we try to answer questions such as, “What is the Venice Charter’s role in guiding conservation, both during and after conflict?” and “Is the Venice Charter still fit for its purpose?”

This webinar is free/contribution optional.