New deal for World Heritage training

29 July 2010 | News story

IUCN and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) today signed a deal to collaborate on training and capacity building in support of the World Heritage Convention.

At a ceremony in Brasilia, IUCN's Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre and ICCROM´s Director General, Mounir Bouchenaki, both declared their support for working together more closely.

“I’m delighted to be signing this,” said IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre. “While it’s great to have big declarations, it’s also great to have people trained who can implement these declarations.”

“We are totally involved in this partnership, we want to be present in the field and this is the spirit of our cooperation,” said ICCROM's Director General, Mounir Bouchenaki.

Both IUCN and ICCROM act as advisory bodies to the World Heritage Convention on natural and cultural sites, respectively.

“This agreement is a start of a joint approach on training and capacity building,” said IUCN’s Head of World Heritage Programme, Tim Badman, “It’s also backed by the Swiss Confederation who put forward the funding for the first three years.”