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Today more than ever, museums are at the heart of cultural, social and economic issues in contemporary societies.
They must face unique challenges related to their social, political and ecological environment.
Museums play a key role in development through education and democratisation, while also serving as witnesses of the past and guardians of humanity’s treasures for future generations.
ICOM’s vision is a world where the importance of natural and cultural heritage is universally valued.
The International Council of Museums ensures the protection, conservation and transmission of cultural goods.
The organisation shares with Humanity the universal value of collections conserved in museums. ICOM contributes to the knowledge and transmission of identity and heritage values specific to each culture.