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Blue Shield Australia submission to the Australian Government Inquiry into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, March 2018
Australia is a signatory to the 1954 Hague Convention Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict, but has yet to adopt the First and Second Protocols. Signing of the Protocols would place Australia on an international level and underline legal commitment alongside the 108 nations that are parties to the First Protocol and Second Protocol [New Zealand (2013) and the UK (2017)]
Immediately following the Blue Shield Symposium [29-30 January 2018] a “Cultural Property Protection Expert Group Roundtable” met at Old Parliament House, Canberra [31 January 2018]. Representatives attended from the Departments of Defence, Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Communications and the Arts, and Environment and Energy met with BSA, ARC, the International Committee of the Red Cross, peak bodies and international observers from the UK, Japan and the Pacific. Discussions centred around enhancing discourse on Cultural Property Protection, and move towards the support of the Australian government in the adoption of the Protocols and Hague Convention for Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict.
On Sunday 29 July 2018, representatives from libraries, government, education and civil societies in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific, will gather on the Gold Coast to compare strategies for incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals in their work.
The Summit will be a combination of presentations and interactive workshops designed to ensure that Summit attendees depart with a clear understanding of how the SDGs can be embedded in their own organisation. They will gain a national and international library perspective on the SDGs; be better informed about ways of progressing this agenda, and be equipped with the information they need to spread their message in their own communities and through professional networks.
Speakers include :
In light of the current flood and bushfire events across Australia we are seeking your assistance to identify and list affected galleries, libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and other collecting institutions and whether they have sustained any damage and/or loss so that we can provide disaster response and recovery advice.
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The theme is Risk and Resilience in Practice: Vulnerabilities, Displaced People, Local Communities and Heritages.
This places cultural heritage within the global context of disaster risk reduction and provides an opportunity for heritage to be brought into the mainstream. It also provides an opportunity for heritage professionals to discuss with a non-heritage audience the contribution of heritage to resilience building, as well as the issues we have identified as critical for reducing risks to cultural heritage. This includes discussing cultural heritage in relation to displaced communities, which in the Australian context could include Aboriginal communities and refugee communities.
The conference is structured around the four priorities for action set out in the Sendai Framework and provides an opportunity for discussion of heritage in the broader context of disaster risk reduction and resilience, as well as to present evidence based heritage case studies.
ICOMOS-ICORP is an associate partner of the conference, along with UNISDR and a number of universities and research centres from around the world that specialise in resilience and disaster and emergency management. There is a broad range of tracks proposed for the conference which are aligned with the four priorities for action set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction:
Several of the tracks are expressly related to heritage, although, as heritage is part of the main theme for the conference, it would also be possible to address heritage within the other tracks on offer, although heritage is not specifically mentioned in their title. For the full range of tracks, which include among other areas cultural landscapes and indigenous heritage, refer to the conference website: http://2018.buildresilience.org
ICORP members are co-chairing the following tracks:
The call for abstracts closes this Sunday, 4 March 2018.
Dates of Course: 29th August to 19th September, 2018
Place: Kyoto and Kobe, Japan
Deadline: April 5th (Thursday), 2018 (JST)
Cultural heritage is increasingly exposed to disasters caused by natural and human induced hazards such as earthquakes, floods, fires, typhoons, theft, terrorism etc. Recent examples include Earthquakes in Central Mexico in 2017, Central Italy and Myanmar in 2016, Nepal earthquake in 2015, UK floods in 2015, Balkan floods in 2014 and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen. These disasters not only effect the immovable heritage components such as monuments, archaeological sites and historic urban areas but also cause damage to the movable components that include museum collections and heritage objects that are in active use such as religious and other artefacts of significance to the local community. Both these movable and immovable components are exposed to various hazards that necessitate appropriate measures to reduce disaster risks. Also in the aftermath of a disaster many architectural fragments of damaged or collapsed buildings need documentation, handling and storage similar to movable heritage collections. Therefore an integrated approach for movable and immovable heritage is needed for risk assessment of heritage sites as well as museums and its collections before, during and after a disaster situation. Limited availability of human and financial resources also calls for closer coordination between professionals and institutions dealing with heritage sites, museums and the external agencies. Moreover integrated disaster risk management involves appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies to reduce various risks to movable and immovable heritage components by taking into consideration their heritage values that are often interdependent. It is also important to recognize many examples of traditional knowledge evolved by communities through series of trials and errors that demonstrate that movable and immovable cultural heritage can be an effective source of resilience against disaster risks and integrate these in larger disaster risk management strategies.
Japan is home to a variety of frequently occurring disasters, which can cause wide-ranging damage to its cultural resources. For this reason, the country has taken specialized measures in establishing a disaster risk management system and methodology for post-disaster emergency response and recovery.
Together with the preservation of historical townscapes and buildings, we aim to protect the objects and implements long used in the daily lives of people of the region, as well as objects that serve as clues to understanding the lives and achievements of past generations. For this reason, we consider both movable and immovable cultural property to be essential subjects of our disaster risk management efforts.
Seasonal festivals and rituals as well as local celebrations and customs also help to make people’s lives more abundant in the local community. Thus, another significant task is the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage from natural hazards.
These various cultural heritage disaster mitigation measures, many developed in response to Japan’s special circumstances, will be covered in this training.
The 13th International Training Course will give special focus on the Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Disasters.
See http://r-dmuch.jp/en/project/itc_2018.html for Guidelines for Application, Application Form and further information about the course.
Every society is shaped by its social, artistic and religious histories and the cultural treasures that embody them. Because these objects are so intrinsic to our sense of identity they are increasingly targeted in modern armed conflict.
Culture Under Attack is an Australian Red Cross exhibition that highlights the impact of war on cultural heritage. The images in this exhibition reveal the tragic destruction of important buildings, monuments, objects and artefacts – things that tell the stories of who we are and where we have come from. They illustrate the impact of this loss, from the indiscriminate bombing of Europe during WWII, the burning of irreplaceable manuscripts from Timbuktu’s library, to the recent devastation in Palmyra, Syria.
Drawn from the portfolios of photojournalists across the world, Culture Under Attack also portrays the invaluable work of cultural custodians and organisations dedicated to keeping our heritage safe for future generations.
Culture Under Attack was made possible by the generous support of the Australian Government Attorney General’s Department.
Weekdays, 10am to 7pm
Weekends, 11am to 4pm
Friday 24 November 2017 to Saturday 31 March 2018
Except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Australia Day and Good Friday
Read UNESCO’s recent publication on their response to protect culture in crises, current challenges, the importance of culture in emergency situations and human rights.
“Culture implies more than just monuments and stones – culture defines who we are. it carries universal values and the many faces of our shared humanity….Protecting culture and heritage means protecting people. That is what UNESCO stands for.” – Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
Protecting our heritage is a fundamental responsibility for galleries, libraries, archivists and museums.
Historians, educators, curators, anthropologists, archaeologists, architects, interpretation specialists, conservators, engineers, site/asset managers and qualified tradespeople working in heritage conservation all play an important role in assessing and maintaining sites and collections and preparing for natural and other disasters/impacts.
Over the next few days and weeks we will share some tips about how you can help protect our heritage today and everyday.
You are invited to join Blue Shield Australia members and supporters at the 2018 Blue Shield Australia Symposium to be held at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia.
The symposium will be held over two days as follows:
Monday 29 January 2018—Tours, Workshops and Evening Welcome Reception
Tuesday 30 January 2018—Symposium with invited speakers
The purpose of the symposium is to share expertise, experiences and case studies of the protection of cultural heritage in times of natural disaster, as well as to discuss climate change and the strategies being put in place by the sector to work towards a sustainable future. The Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Pacific Regions are often affected by natural disasters and we look forward to learning from each other to advance the work of the International Committee of the Blue Shield to safeguard cultural assets for future generations.
More information – 2018 Symposium webpages – https://cp526.ezyreg.com/~blbl2186/symposium