The devastating effects of the climate crisis continue to impact our natural and cultural heritage at a global level.The dramatic loss of biodiversity and the climate crisis show us how intertwined relations between man, the environment and the natural world are. Many studies confirm that museums are amongst the most trusted institutions across the globe. Museums are in a unique position to support sustainable environmental policies, to disseminate scientific information and encourage sustainable practices in their local communities.


Alberto Garlandini, ICOM President


Vereinte Nationen Wien - UN Nachhaltigkeitsziele


Bundeskanzleramt Österreich: UN-Aktionsplan "Transformation unserer Welt: die Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung"




Museums are perfectly positioned to address and enhance sustainability as they are able to work with communities to raise public awareness, support research and knowledge creation to contribute to the well-being of the planet and societies for future generations.


Mandate: 2020-2022

Chair: Morien REES (Norway)
Secretary: Caitlin SOUTHWICK (The Netherlands)

Members: Fiona CAMERON (Australia), Vinod DANIEL (India)(Member of ICOM Executive Board), Luiz SOUZA (Brazil), Daniel INOQUE (Mozambique), Michele LANZINGER (Italy), Henry MCGHIE (United Kingdom), Frances MORRIS (United Kingdom), Jenny NEWELL (Australia), Diana PARDUE (United States), Michela ROTA (Italy), Paloma SALGADO TONDA (Mexico), Deborah THIAGARAIAN (India), Siyi WANG (China) and Karin WEIL GONZALES (Chile).

Ex-officio: Alberto GARLANDINI (Italy) (President of ICOM)

ICOM Secretariat: Alessandro GABALLO (Communications Coordinator)





ICOM contributed to the G20 Culture Ministerial Meeting “Addressing the Climate Crisis through Culture”


ICOM Earth Day 2021 - Webinar: Cultural Heritage and Sustainibility

On the occasion of Earth Day 2021, this ICOM webinar covered issues related to sustainability and museums. Bringing together museum professionals from four different regions, the panel discussion included what sustainability means in different parts of the world, with a focus on how partnerships and communication can empower success.





Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals - A how-to guide for museums, galleries,the cultural sector and their partners

Climate change was not put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. As trusted members of the communities they are part of, museums are a strategic ally in informing the public on the dangers climate change poses to the future of our planet, as well as in disseminating and promoting sustainable practices. With support of the members of the ICOM Working Group on Sustainability:



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