Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility
GA2020 Coronavirus COVID-19 Statement 3
Australia ICOMOS and the GA2020 team continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and extend their best wishes to ICOMOS members, their families and to the global cultural heritage community.
Australia ICOMOS is regrettably not able to host the ICOMOS General Assembly in Sydney in October 2020.
The Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee has reluctantly reached this decision in view of current restrictions and uncertainties about when social and economic life and international travel will return to normal in Australia and worldwide.
Australia ICOMOS will host a ‘marker’ event in October 2020 to acknowledge the enormous support and goodwill shown towards planning GA2020. The form of this event (which may occur online) is yet to be determined.
Australia ICOMOS is currently considering whether it can offer to host the General Assembly in 2023. This is a complex exercise and a final decision will be made and announced during May 2020.
In the meantime, the GA2020 registration process has been suspended, interested parties are being advised, and preparatory activities for 2020 have now ceased.
Australia ICOMOS acknowledges the difficulties that ICOMOS faces in holding its required statutory meetings in 2020, and also that these difficulties will need to be resolved at the International level.
Australia ICOMOS will continue to place the health and safety of delegates and ICOMOS and venue staff at the forefront of our decision making. We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation and to comply with the requirements of the Australian Government.
Australia ICOMOS remains committed to supporting and enriching the global work of ICOMOS.
Message from the Australia ICOMOS President
On behalf of Australia ICOMOS, I am delighted to invite delegates from around the world to Sydney for the 20th Triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS in October 2020!
Together we can learn from each other and promote excellent cultural heritage practices.
Sydney is a destination that offers unrivalled natural and cultural beauty with world-class facilities, including our stunning new International Convention Centre, all in the inspirational setting of Sydney Harbour.
The core General Assembly will occur between 5 and 9 October, 2020 within an exciting ten day program of site visits, workshops, lectures, expert meetings and social gatherings. Venues will include the World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, Greater Blue Mountains and Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Properties amongst a wide variety of other Aboriginal and colonial cultural places. We will meet amidst Sydney’s vibrant Indigenous and multicultural communities.
The theme of the four day Scientific Symposium: ‘Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility’, reflects the global context of heritage as part of cultural identity at a time of rapid population shift, conflict and environmental uncertainty. The important notion of shared stewardship, for which the ‘culture-nature journey’ is of particular relevance, requires agreed approaches to the sustainable protection, conservation and safeguarding of heritage.
Australia ICOMOS has one of the largest and most active ICOMOS national committees, and with strong support from the Australian and NSW State Governments and the City of Sydney, we are thrilled to bring an ICOMOS General Assembly to the Pacific region for the first time.
Please join us at the General Assembly – not only to visit Sydney, but to make this event the cornerstone of a visit to the iconic cultural and natural heritage of Australia!
President, Australia ICOMOS
Sustainability: Towards a sustainable GA2020:
We aim to make GA2020 a carbon neutral and sustainable event. Our Sustainability Guide for GA2020 will help make the event environmentally and socially sustainable. Our Aboriginal Procurement Policy will create opportunities for Aboriginal owned businesses and employment. We encourage all sponsors, exhibitors, providers and delegates to read and use these policies.
We urge delegates to help reduce the GA2020 carbon footprint. Please purchase airline carbon offsets and use public transport in Sydney. We aim to minimise conference paper handouts and consumption through GA2020. Reusable water bottles will be provided but we ask delegates to bring their own reusable cups.
For more on sustainability at the GA click here
ICOMOS GA2020 Fast Facts:
- Dates: 1-10 October 2020
- Venue: International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) right in the heart of Sydney
- Audience: Expected 1,500 professionals from across the globe representing heritage, archaeology, historians, urban planning, architects and academia just to name a few, providing unrivalled access to high-calibre specialist knowledge and delivering a boost to‘grass roots’ interest in cultural heritage and conservation work throughout Australia and globally.
- Legacy: Aligning with the GA2020 Theme of “Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility”, sponsors will be an integral part of the legacy to the management of cultural heritage and the communities that value and care for it in Australia and globally.
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Official GA2020 Airline Partner
Qantas is delighted to be the major airline sponsor for the ICOMOS GA2020. Qantas, in conjunction with partner airlines, are offering registered delegates and travel partners special discounted airfares. To find out more, click here.