The International Council of Museums (ICOM), founded in 1946, is a worldwide organisation of museums and museum professionals committed to promoting and protecting the present and future, tangible and intangible natural and cultural heritage. With more than 30 thousand members in 137 countries, ICOM is a unique network of professionals working in a wide range of museums and disciplines related to the preservation of our heritage.
ICOM has formal relations with UNESCO and holds a consultative status in the UN Economic and Social Council. The organisation also partners with entities such as the World Intellectual Property Organization, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization, in order to carry out its international missions of public services, including the fight against trafficking of cultural assets and the promotion of emergency preparedness and response in the wake of natural and man made disasters.
ICOM ´s commitment to raising awareness of cultural heritage is reinforced by its 31 International Committees who encompass a great variety of museum fields. These committees carry out research in their respective areas for the benefit of the museum community. ICOM mobilises cultural heritage specialists all over the world to meet the challenges faced by museums worldwide.