Salzburg Declaration on the Conservation and Preservation of Cultural Heritage – 31 Oct 2009

Salzburg, Austria

On the occasion of the Salzburg Global Seminar session on Connecting to the World’s
Collections: Making the Case for the Conservation and Preservation of our Cultural Heritage,
sixty cultural heritage leaders from the preservation sector representing thirty-two nations around
the world shared experiences to address the sustainability of cultural heritage.
The Assembly:
Recognizes that our global cultural heritage strengthens identities, well-being, and respect for
other cultures and societies,
Affirms that cultural heritage is a powerful tool to engage communities positively and, as such, is
a driving force for human development and creativity,
Reaffirms that an appreciation of diverse cultural heritage and its continuity for future
generations promote mutual understanding between people, communities, and nations,
Acknowledges that although we have made tremendous gains in the cultural heritage sector in
education, facilities, new technologies, and partnerships, our global cultural heritage is threatened
by continuing deterioration and loss resulting from a shortage of trained conservation
practitioners, natural and man-made emergencies and environmental risks, including climate
change, and limited investment, and
Recommends that governments, non-governmental organizations, the cultural heritage sector,
communities, and other stakeholders work together to:
· Integrate conservation projects with other sectors to provide a lever for social and
economic development,
· Commit to increased community engagement and raise public awareness
regarding at-risk cultural heritage,
· Strengthen the investment in research, networking, educational opportunities, and
the exchange of knowledge and resources globally, and
· Promote responsible stewardship and advance sustainable national/regional
conservation policies and strategies, including risk management.
The deliberations at the Salzburg Global Seminar for the Conservation and Preservation of
Cultural Heritage have established a new collaborative platform to more effectively preserve the
world’s cultural heritage and address global challenges now and in the future.
The Assembly thanks the Salzburg Global Seminar and the Institute of Museum and Library Services in
Washington, D.C. for initiating, organizing, hosting, and supporting the conference co-chaired by Vinod
Daniel (Australian Museum) and Debra Hess Norris (University of Delaware, USA).