The Seoul Declaration on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Emergency Situations

The first International Conference of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) was held in Seoul, South Korea, from 8 to 10 December 2011 and hosted by the National Museum of Korea.

After the founding of ICBS 15 years ago, this Conference was another defining moment in the history of the protection of cultural heritage under threat, bringing together professionals and experts in museology, documentation and in the protection and promotion of heritage and sites. The International Conference also benefited from the valuable input and expertise of professionals in the military, humanitarian, meteorological and technological disciplines.

The Seoul Declaration on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Emergency Situations
arose from this Conference, emphasizing the importance of the Blue Shield in future international relief efforts for heritage, and the paramount need for collaboration in the area of the protection of cultural heritage in emergency situations.