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on a mission to protect cultural property worldwide during armed conflict.

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USCBS is dedicated to the  prevention of  destruction and theft of cultural property, as at this archaeological site in Iraq.

U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

Preserving the past...protecting the future.

 

 

The United States Committee of the Blue Shield was formed in 2006, in response to heritage catastrophes around the world. The name, Blue Shield, comes from the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which specifies a blue shield as the symbol for marking protected cultural property. The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) and its affiliated national committees work together as the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross, providing an emergency response to cultural property at risk from armed conflict and natural disasters.

 

How does USCBS help prevent cultural property disasters? We advise and assist, worldwide, in the protection of cultural property damaged or threatened by armed conflict or natural disasters and provide emergency planning. We strive to raise
public awareness about the importance of cultural property as the shared all
humankind..
 We coordinate with the U.S. military, U.S. government,
and  other cultural property  organizations to protect cultural property worldwide during armed conflict.
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Discover more about the protection of cultural heritage throughout history…

More about significant events, laws and treaties on our timeline »

As early as the 2nd century BC, we know that authors were criticizing the wartime plundering of art. And, in more recent times, many laws and treaties have been written to protect and preserve cultural property. For instance, the Lieber Code of 1863, commissioned during the Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln, was the first legislation to explicitly call for the protection of cultural property during times of armed conflict. And, in 1954, The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in Times of Armed Conflict and its First Protocol were adopted after a meeting of representatives of the United Nations, under the auspices of UNESCO.

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