Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, UNESCO has taken action within the framework of its mandate, in particular to protect culture. A new progress report has just been released.
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
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 mobilise 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.
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