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People's Daily Online, Beijing, November 23rd (Reporter Zhuang Xueya) On the evening of November 21st, Academician Guo Huadong, Director of the UNESCO International Center for Natural and Cultural Heritage Space Technology (HIST), and the President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Dr. Reisa Patricio signed online a memorandum of cooperation on the use of spatial information technology to help the protection of world cultural heritage.

According to the agreement, the two parties will form a long-term strategic partnership, and carry out all-round cooperation in world cultural heritage declaration, monitoring and evaluation, research and consultation, capacity building, information sharing, event organization, etc. in the next five years, and promote the promotion of global world cultural heritage. Protect.

Academician Guo Huadong, director of HIST, signed a memorandum of cooperation with Dr. Teresa Patricio, chairman of ICOMOS. Photo courtesy of HIST

Guo Huadong said that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the World Heritage Convention, and it is also the beginning of a new decade of development for HIST. In this context, the two parties will take joint actions to use technologies such as space technology to help heritage protection, provide global public goods and services, and assist UNESCO and ICOMOS member states to implement the World Heritage Convention and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Agenda.

Teresa Patricio said that the world today is facing a variety of natural and man-made disasters, causing damage to heritage sites and communities. The cooperation with HIST will help ICOMOS conduct a more comprehensive assessment of the impact of natural and man-made risks on cultural heritage and its living environment. Improving the level of heritage archiving through space technology is an important step in our joint efforts to protect natural and cultural heritage sites.

ICOMOS Director-General Marie-Raul Lavenier said that the two sides complement each other's strengths and hoped that this memorandum of cooperation would open the door for fruitful cooperation between the two parties. The two parties will jointly carry out high-quality projects to improve the protection of cultural heritage. The ICOMOS International Secretariat will provide assistance to promote the cooperation between the two parties.

Dr. Guy Cholayev, the chairman-designate of the ICOMOS Aerospace Heritage International Scientific Committee (preparation), said that the committee is very interested in HIST's use of space technology to carry out scientific research and monitoring of heritage sites, and expresses its appreciation for the signing welcome. HIST has made remarkable achievements in the use of space technology to promote international cooperation in the protection of cultural and natural heritage. We look forward to seeing HIST make new contributions to global heritage conservation.

Wang Xinyuan and Chen Fulong, deputy directors of HIST, Gaia Jongblatt, director of the International Secretariat of ICOMOS, Regina Durigharo, director of the Consulting and Monitoring Department, and Dr. Yan Haiming, director of the Secretariat of the China Association for the Protection of Historic Sites, etc. Representatives also attended the event.

Group photo of delegates. Photo courtesy of HIST

This signing marks the formal formation of a long-term strategic partnership between HIST and the three major advisory bodies of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the International Center for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, and the International Council of Monuments and Sites. A new chapter in World Heritage conservation.

HIST is the only world heritage research center based on space technology established by UNESCO in 2011, relying on the construction of the Aerospace Information Innovation Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it aims to use space technology to serve UNESCO and its members Provide space technology support in the protection and management of World Heritage Sites, World Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks to promote their sustainable development.

ICOMOS is a non-governmental, non-profit international organization that promotes the protection and utilization of cultural heritage. The organization consists of more than 10,000 members, 106 national committees and 30 international scientific committees. As a professional advisory body of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, ICOMOS plays an important role in evaluating world cultural heritage declaration items and monitoring the protection status of world heritage.

(Editors in charge: Yan Meng, Chang Hong)

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