The International Council of Museums works for society and its development. It is committed to ensuring the conservation, and protection of cultural goods.
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ICOM sets standards for museums in design, management and collections organisation. The ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums is a reference in the global museum community. Read more
The Red Lists classify the endangered categories of archaeological objects or works of art in the most vulnerable areas of the world, in order to prevent them being sold or illegally exported.
The Red Lists therefore contributes to the protection of cultural heritage in the relevant countries.
ICOM has already published Red Lists for many different countries and regions:
Thanks to the ICOM Red Lists, law enforcement officials have seized many cultural goods.