Turin, Archivio di Stato, 23-24 July 2004
The Blue Shield International Meeting was held on 23-24 July 2004 at Turin. Blue Shield is the symbol chosen by the Hague Convention in 1954 to identify cultural sites so as to protect them from attacks in the case of armed conflict, and it is also the name of the International Committee founded in 1996 with the purpose of protecting the world cultural heritage menaced by conflicts and natural catastrophes. The attendees included the Presidents and executives of the four NGOs that created the ICBS, the International Blue Shield Committee (ICA, ICOM, ICOMOS, IFLA) and the National Committees already existing or being formed, such as the Italian one. The Meeting was opened, at the Turin State Archive, by a special public session dedicated to the protection of the cultural heritage in Iraq, organized by the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino, which was attended by representatives of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Carabinieri charged with safeguarding the Cultural Heritage, besides Italian and foreign experts who have worked in Iraq for the recovery of cultural heritage.