Twenty-five years ago, the World Heritage Committee, held in Santa Fe, United States of America, decided, on 14 December 1992, to inscribe ANGKOR the historic, archaeological and cultural site on the prestigious UNESCO List of World Heritage.
This inscription is first and foremost recognition of ANGKOR’s Outstanding Universal Value, in terms of civilization, culture, art and cultural interferences.
This anniversary recalls for Cambodians and the international community the importance of safeguarding and protecting ANGKOR, not only as a national heritage jewel, but also because ANGKOR is a cultural property of humanity as whole.
ANGKOR is nowadays a universal symbol of cultural heritage.
The International Coordination Committee, the famous ICC, decided at TOKYO for a period of 10 years, confirmed and renewed in PARIS for a second period of 10 years, finally reconfirmed and extended in SIEM REAP for a third period of 10 years, this ICC hence, now serves as a model in the world.
On the 8th of December, the Union of the Youth Federations of Cambodia in collaboration with the APSARA National Authority and related stakeholders in Siem Reap have organized an amazing and historical photo souvenir gathering about 3000 people as a Big Cambodian Family.
The ceremony was held in front of Angkor Wat temple, on the 14th of December. It was presided by Her Excellency MEM SAM An, Deputy Prime Minister, with the presence of Her Excellency the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, President of the APSARA National Authority, Dr PHOEURNG Sackona, His Excellency Dr SUM Map, Director General of APSARA National Authority, His Excellency HUN Many, President of the Union of the Youth Federations of Cambodia, Mrs Anne Lemaitre Unesco Representative, ICC experts and Standing Secretariat of the ICC-Angkor.
This ceremony, where many officials from the APSARA National Authority and the local government participated, offered a huge show to the local people, but also to the whole Nation thanks to a television live broadcast. The entertainment was composed of several traditional Cambodian dances, fellow by the exclusive preview of the making-off of the historical photo souvenir, and ended by a music band performance.
Angkor Chronological Landmarks
|1992||Inscription of the Angkor site on UNESCO’s world heritage list as well as on the list of world heritage in danger.|
|1993||1st intergovernmental conference for the safeguarding and development of Angkor site, held in Tokyo.|
|1993||Establishment of the international coordinating committee for the safeguarding and development of the historic site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor), under the co-chairmanship of France and Japan, with UNESCO providing the services of standing secretariat. First plenary session of the committee held in Phnom Penh.|
|1994||Law defining the zoning of Angkor (zones 1 to 5).|
|1995||Establishment of the APSARA National Authority, during the 19th session of the world heritage committee in Berlin, authority for the protection and safeguarding of Angkor and the region of Angkor.|
|1996||Enactment of the law on the protection of cultural heritage.|
|1997||Open sky policy (air access for international flights).|
|1998||Enactment of the win-win policy.|
|2003||2nd intergovernmental conference for the safeguarding and development of Angkor site, held in Paris.|
|2004||Angkor taken off the list of world heritage in danger and put on the world heritage list.|
|2006||Creation of the ICC-Angkor ad hoc experts group for sustainable development of Angkor site.|
|2012||Enactment of charter for Angkor.|
|2013||Cambodia chaired the 37th world heritage committee session in Phnom Penh and in Siem Reap.|
|2013||3rd intergovernmental conference for the safeguarding and development of Angkor site, held in Cambodia.|
|2013||Creation of the tourism management plan group (TMP).|
|2015||Cambodia hosted UNWTO conference (world tourism organization).|
|2017||25th year anniversary of the inscription of Angkor on the world heritage list.|
|2018||25th year anniversary of the establishment of the international coordinating committee for the safeguarding
and development of the historic site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor)