The International Council for the Preservation of Monuments and Sights (ICOMOS) is an international organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of cultural and historical sites around the world. ICOMOS was founded in 1965 after the adoption of the Venice Charter in 1964. The Council evaluates the objects proposed for the UN World Heritage List inclusion.
The Athens Conference on the Restoration of Cultural Monuments convened by the International Museum Council was the predecessor of ICOMOS. The term “World Heritage” was introduced by Athens Charter in 1931. The Second Congress of Architects and Specialists for the Protection of Historical Monuments of 1964, held in Venice, adopted 13 resolutions. The first resolution, known as the Venice Charter, ratified the International Charter for the Preservation and Restoration of Monuments and Historical Sites, as part of the second resolution proposed by UNESCO - the ICOMOS organization itself was established, the main task of which was the Venice Charter doctrines implementations.
To date, ICOMOS has more than 9,500 members from 110 countries. Monument conservation professionals participate in ICOMOS activities through their National Committees. Each member of the Council, with rare exceptions, has qualifications in the field of cultural heritage preservation: architecture, landscape design, archaeology, urban planning, engineering, administration of cultural heritage, art history, archives, etc. The Council is headquartered in Paris.
The ICOMOS system contains various thematic research committees established within its structure.
The ICOMOS National Committee, Russia was accredited by ICOMOS International in October 2016 at the General Assembly in Istanbul. Currently, more than 350 people from all regions of the Russian Federation have become members of NC ICOMOS, Russia.
ICOMOS, Russia provides comprehensive support to "denkmal, Russia - Moscow" as a patron and professional expert, and also officially acts as the organizer of the event.