17 April 2009
Julien Anfruns appointed President of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS)
On 22 January, the International Committee of the Blue Shield appointed Julien ANFRUNS, the Director General of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), as its new President. Mr Anfruns takes over from Joan VAN ALBADA, the former Secretary General of the International Council on Archives (ICA).
Before taking up his appointments at ICOM and ICBS, Mr Anfruns was Director of Financial and Legal Affairs at the Louvre Museum (2005–2008), where he was involved in the museum's strategic development missions both in France and abroad. Prior to that, he was in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (2002–2005) and occupied diplomatic posts at the United Nations (New York), in Finland and in Estonia.
Safeguarding cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict of natural disasters
Mr ANFRUNS' chief task will be to co-ordinate the measures implemented to protect cultural property by the five international organizations that make up the International Committee of the Blue Shield in the areas of archives, libraries, audiovisual archives, museums, monuments and sites. He will be responsible for guaranteeing the Committee's independence and steering its international policy.
In December 2008, the ICBS network acquired a new operating arm, the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS). ANCBS is a network of experts in disaster management from all areas of heritage. Its remit is to co-ordinate the activities of the National Committees, particularly in emergency situations, and facilitate the creation of new Committees. It is chaired by Karl VON HABSBURG.
International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS)
The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) was founded in June 1996 to promote the protection of cultural heritage, as defined inthe Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in theEvent of Armed Conflict of 1954. It was set up by four international heritage organizations representing the interests of archives, museums, libraries, monuments and sites: the International Council on Archives (ICA); the International Council of Museums (ICOM); the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS); and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). They were joined by the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) in 2005. The ICBS symbol is the Blue Shield used to mark buildings to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict.
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