Endangered heritage in Ukraine: UNESCO reinforces protective measures
UNESCO is in permanent contact with all relevant institutions, as well as with Ukrainian cultural professionals, to assess the situation and to reinforce the protection of cultural properties.
Emblem to identify and protect cultural places from bombardments
The Organization is in contact with Ukrainian authorities to mark cultural sites and monuments with the distinctive “Blue Shield” emblem of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict to avoid deliberate or accidental damages.
Properties inscribed on World Heritage list, such as the site of “Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra”, are considered a priority. The marking process started this weekend at the site of “L'viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre”.
Satellite monitoring of the damage
UNESCO, with its partner UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), also analyses satellite imagery for priority sites, which are endangered or already impacted, in order to assess damage.
Contact has also been established with civil society, living heritage professionals and practitioners regarding the impact of the war on the situation of artists and cultural institutions.
Response to the needs of Ukrainian cultural professionals
New meetings with Ukrainian cultural professionals – World Heritage site managers, museum directors and professionals in charge of immovable and movable heritage – are scheduled on 9 and 10 March 2022, in order to identify urgent needs.
To address these needs, UNESCO will mobilize international partners during an emergency response coordination meeting with UNITAR, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Blue Shield International, the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and ALIPH, among others.
Press contact: Clare O’Hagan