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ICC-Preah Vihear, who are we?

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The International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and the Development of Preah Vihear (ICC-Preah Vihear) is an international coordination mechanism created in 2014 by the Royal Government of Cambodia in collaboration with UNESCO. This Committee is presided over by China and India (Co-Presidency) and followed by founding members including Belgium, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and the United States of America. The mission of ICC-Preah Vihear is to examine general policy matters relating to the safeguarding of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property in conformity with international conservation standards and promoting sustainable development carried out by national (National Authority for Preah Vihear/NAPV) and international partners.

The Royal Government of Cambodia provides the Standing Secretariat of the ICC-Preah Vihear, which is supported through special request by the secondment of a professional staff member of the UNESCO Phnom Penh Office. The Permanent Scientific Secretary of the ICC-Preah Vihear coordinates the activities of the Secretariat. In its endeavors to safeguard the temple site, the ICC-Preah Vihear is assisted by five individual ad hoc experts in the fields of conservation, structural stability, history and epigraphy, stone conservation, site management and tourism. They evaluate and screen new project proposals and projects onsite and formulate their findings and recommendations in the Technical and Plenary Sessions (respectively in March and September).