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The Role of the ACCU Nara Office

  • Samarkand(Uzbekistan)

    Samarkand(Uzbekistan)

  • the Taj Mahal(India)

    The Taj Mahal(India)

  • Angkor Wat(Cambodia)

    Angkor Wat(Cambodia)

  • Bamiyan(Afghanistan)

    Bamiyan(Afghanistan)

  • Bulguksa Temple(Korea)

    Bulguksa Temple(Korea)

Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region are faced with a variety of problematic issues related to the planning of cultural heritage protection, and the preservation and restoration of cultural properties. Almost universally, the cases requiring resolution include, a shortage of human resources and funds, and insufficient heritage legislation. As a result of these deficiencies, a large number of cultural properties have been destroyed or damaged. In addition, policies resulting in excessive tourism have prevented sufficient repair or restoration of these properties. For these reasons, cultural heritage in this vast and diverse region is seriously endangered.

In contrast, Japanfs research activities in cultural heritage protection and techniques for cultural property preservation/restoration are highly regarded around the world. Therefore, numerous countries in the Asia-Pacific region have come to expect Japan to continue promoting international cooperation in cultural heritage protection.

In response to such requests for cooperation, the Cultural Heritage Protection Cooperation Office, Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU Nara Office) was established in Nara on August 1, 1999, with the cooperation of the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Nara Prefectural Government and the Nara Municipal Government, to serve as a domestic centre for promoting cooperation in cultural heritage protection. Nara is considered to be the birthplace of Japanfs ancient culture, and is home to a number of the worldfs unique historic and cultural properties, and as a consequence, to various excellent organisations involved in cultural property research and management.

To help promote cultural heritage protection activities mainly in the Asia-Pacific region, the ACCU Nara Office conducts a wide range of programmes, maintaining partnerships with international organisations, such as UNESCO and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

Countries Participating in ACCU Programme Activities

Countries Participating in ACCU Programme Activities

Liaison with Related International Organisations

The ACCU Nara Office promotes activities in liaising and cooperating with international organisations in various fields of cultural heritage protection.

Related International Organisation Outline
ICCROM
(International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
The intergovernmental organisation established in Rome in 1959 to promote the conservation of cultural heritage
UNESCO
(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)
The United Nationfs organisation established in Paris in 1945 to build peace in the minds of men through educational and cultural activities

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