The 2012 IIC Advocate Award has been presented to Patrick Boylan, Dinu Bumbaru, George Mackenzie and Marie-Therese Varlamoff at the IIC 2012 Vienna Congress. The presentation of the Award recognised their work in creating and sustaining the Blue Shield initiative. IIC’s Advocate Award, given in recognition of those who use their influence, resources and talents to support the efforts of heritage preservation: see http://www.iiconservation.org/node/19
The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) http://www.ancbs.org/cms/index.php/en/about-us works for the protection of world cultural heritage by co-ordinating preparations to meet and respond to emergency situations as well as post-crisis support. It promotes good standards through risk management training and awareness-raising campaigns for professionals and the general public. Its unrivalled body of expertise allows the organisation to collect and share information on threats to cultural heritage worldwide, thus helping international players to take the appropriate measures in case of armed conflict or disaster.
ICBS intervenes as an advisor and co-operates with other bodies including UNESCO, ICCROM and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In emergency situations, ICBS encourages the safeguarding and the restoration of cultural property, the protection of threatened goods, and helps the professionals from the affected countries to recover from disasters.
An interview with the four recipients can be found as part of the Dialogues for the New Century series on the IIC web-site.