17 Nov 2017
Posted By: Caroline Sandes
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Help ICOMOS remain an open non-political cultural heritage forum

In January 2017, ICOMOS was awarded a generous grant of 80 000 € by the Getty Foundation for our General Assembly taking place this December in Delhi. This international gathering is one of the most important in the heritage conservation field and under our policy of non-political involvement and non-discrimination, the meeting is open to all.

Recently, the Getty Foundation suddenly informed ICOMOS that for unforeseen reasons related to compliance with U.S. sanctions regulations, and through no fault whatsoever of ICOMOS, it would have to revoke the grant because of the participation at the General Assembly of one of our members, a young Syrian architect, teaching part-time at a Syrian state-funded university.

The Getty gave ICOMOS the alternative to either bar him from attending the meeting or have the grant revoked.

ICOMOS has chosen to stand by its principles and return the grant funds to the Getty Foundation.

We are now relying on your financial support to help us raise the 80 000 € we must return to the Getty.

If each ICOMOS member or friend would give just 5 or 10 € we could raise this amount in a few days.

To donate please visit our crowdfunding page

http://www.chuffed.org/project/help-icomos-remain-open-and-non-political

– where you can contribute via Credit card or PayPal.

We would be grateful if you share our appeal in your networks and social media!

 

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