Paris, 24 February 2022
ICOMOS deplores the lives already lost and threatened by the deterioration of the situation in the
Ukrainian territory. ICOMOS also fears that serious threats weigh on Ukraine’s heritage.
As one of the foremost organisations in the heritage field and Advisory Body to the World Heritage
Committee, it reminds all involved of the extreme fragility of the cultural heritage during armed conflict,
even to unintentional damage, and the commitments of care they have made under the UNESCO
Cultural Conventions – in particular the 1954 Hague Convention and its two Protocols, the 1972 World
Heritage Convention and the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
– and their absolute duty to do everything in their power to preserve all heritage, in all its components
and layers, from damage.
ICOMOS is at the disposal of its colleagues and the authorities in Ukraine for any support or advice it
may be able to give in safeguarding cultural heritage or risk preparedness measures.