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August 8, 2019

ICOM Kyoto 2019 Museums and Local Development: An ICOM and OECD Joint Session

During ICOM Kyoto 2019, a panel will be dedicated to the topic ‘Museums and Local Development in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

We did a Q&A with the coordinator of the session Afşin Altayli, Museums and Society Coordinator at ICOM Secretariat.

What is the aim of this activity?

This joint session by ICOM and OECD aims at bringing together the representatives of museums, local governments and international networks of local and regional governments in order to discuss various aspect of the relationship between museums, communities and local governments and explore future strategies in developing stronger policies and action plans to better implement their local and sustainable development agendas.

This joint session by ICOM and OECD aims […] to discuss various aspect of the relationship between museums, communities and local governments and explore future strategies in developing stronger policies and action plans […].

Why the theme “museums and local development” is important for the future of tradition?

The Guide for Local Governments, Communities and Museums is a road map for local governments, museums and museum professionals on how to jointly define a local development agenda that promotes a more sustainable future. It builds on the UNESCO 2015 Recommendation concerning the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society, drafted by ICOM, by suggesting concrete ways in which museums and local governments can collaborate to ensure museums remain high on local decision and policy-makers’ agenda.

[It suggests] concrete ways in which museums and local governments can collaborate to ensure museums remain high on local decision and policy-makers’ agenda.

Why attend?

This session will be of interest to museum professionals, community groups, representatives of local governments and policy makers who wants to take a strategic, long-term approach to addressing the role of museums and heritage in addressing the issues of sustainability and local development. It will also offer the opportunity for museums and local governments to engage with the presence of ICOM as a global organisation of museums and the OECD, as an intergovernmental organisation with a special focus on development.

It will also offer the opportunity for museums and local governments to engage with the presence of ICOM as a global organisation of museums and the OECD, as an intergovernmental organisation with a special focus on development.

ICOM KYOTO 2019

Between the 1st and the 7th of September 2019, Kyoto (Japan) will host the biggest and most important conference of museums in the world. More than 3.000 museum professionals and experts from all international backgrounds will participate in this triannual event, the 25th General Conference of ICOM.  After 24 successful editions, ICOM’s flagship conference has become a worldwide reputed hub for exchange about the topical issues museums tackle today, as well as the most innovative solutions.

ICOM Kyoto 2019 website

THE PROGRAMME

Figure 1. Afşin Altayli, Museums and Society Coordinator at ICOM Secretariat