The event at Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus aimed to develop principles around safeguarding cultural heritage after armed conflict.

COTTBUS, GERMANY (July 1, 2016) – Global Heritage Fund participated in a colloquium at Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus from June 30 to July 1 aimed at developing international standards for heritage conservation after armed conflict.


Titled ‘Solutions for Heritage Conservation After Armed Conflict,’ the colloquium gathered participants from multiple international organizations, including ICCROM, ICOMOS, ARC-WH, ASOR, Global Heritage Fund, and others. Together, the representatives of these organizations produced draft guidelines for the creation of a future ‘Cottbus Document,’ which will be instrumental in organizing an emergency response to future crises for both affected communities and the heritage professionals who advise them.


“This effort represents an important first step in developing a response mechanism for cultural crises” Nada Hosking, Director of Programs and Partnerships at Global Heritage Fund, said. “We are confident that the continued development of the Cottbus Document will provide many opportunities for collaboration between GHF and our international partners. We are also hopeful that the final document will become an important, useful resource in emergency response.”


As Global Heritage Fund’s representative at the colloquium, Ms. Hosking contributed the expertise she has gleaned from the AMAL in Heritage program towards the development of new cultural heritage protection principles. The subject of the majority of discussions at the Cottbus colloquium and the core of the future ‘Cottbus Document,’ these principles are intended to be a cornerstone of future conservation efforts in wartime and afterwards.


“We are hopeful for the development of this project,” Ms. Hosking said. “It is necessary to codify how heritage professionals respond to cultural disasters. This document will be an important step in that direction.”


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