In June 2014 the separatist organization Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) from the north of the country took actions against government forces.
"> Blue Shield statement on Iraq
- The Association for the protection of Syrian Archaeology (APSA) has launched a website to gather and publish news about threats and damages to Syrian archeologial and historical heritage.
Members of the APSA are primarily volunteers who are eager to contribute to the safeguarding of [their] Syrian heritage.
the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield has passed information produced by Heritage for Peace, an NGO based in Spain.
Blue Shield US Statement on the Destruction of Syria's Cultural Heritage (August 2012)
Recent media reports, as well as first-hand reports from Syria posted to social media and other Internet sources, recount the killing and wounding of innocent civilians and the alarming destruction and looting of cultural heritage sites during the current civil war in Syria.
Some of these sites are designated World Heritage Sites of outstanding universal significance under the 1972 World Heritage Convention.Other sites appear to be at imminent risk.
"Land of Water
is the leading world heritage theme in The Netherlands. ICOMOS-Netherlands recently adopted this theme as its main focus for the coming years. An important reason for this adoption is the increasing challenge water poses to heritage management worldwide, due to climate change.
Raising awareness is of this challenge is an important step in protecting deltas and their historic values".
The role and position of heritage can be an inspiring point of departure in this process. ICOMOS-Netherlands therefore committed herself to organizing the conference 'Protecting deltas, heritage helps!'
23-28 September 2013, Amsterdam
ICOMOS condemns destructions Tunisia
" [....] Following the previous statements on the planned destruction of sacred heritage sites in Libya and Mali;
ICOMOS condemns the recent destructions of Sufi cultural heritage in Tunisia and continued threats to this heritage in several countries of the region".
Advocate Award International Committee of the Blue Shield
The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) has awarded the 2012 IIC Advocate Award to:
- Patrick Boylan
- Dinu Bumbaru
- George MacKenzie
- Marie-Thérèse Varlamoff
They are celebrated for their exceptional work to establish and sustain the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS)!