Prefaces of UNESCO Director-General and H.E.Dr. SOK An
The International Coordination 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 with the support of UNESCO in 2014 and presided over by China and India (Co-Presidency). Other members are Belgium, the United States of America, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea and upon invitation the Kingdom of Thailand.
The ICC-Preah Vihear facilitates conservation and development projects and activities carried out onsite by national (National Authority for Preah Vihear/NAPV) and international actors, contributing to the safeguarding of the World Heritage Site of the Temple of Preah Vihear and its environment.
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 six monthly Technical and Plenary Sessions (respectively in March and September). During the technical sessions, discussions are oriented towards follow-up on projects, activities and research carried out onsite. The plenary sessions focus on general policy matters, determine central priorities and approve new project proposals.
In its fifth year of existence, the ICC-Preah Vihear will continue to focus on conservation and management issues of the temple site. After the consolidation and improvement of the structural stability of the monument within the framework of the “Emergency Assistance” provided by the World Heritage Fund (2013-2016), the ICC-Preah Vihear welcomed the initiative late 2018 of the United States of America through the “Ambassadors Fund”, to restore the Northern staircase of the monument. The ad hoc experts will monitor the latter. Work is also progressing on this current ICC-Preah Vihear digital database, which will harbor all data on the site and is supported by the Government of Flanders (Belgium). 2019, will also mark a new debut of demining with the assistance of the NGO APOPO, supported by the Belgian Government.