On 17 November 2015, the 38th Session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) formally adopted a new Recommendation on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society. Drafted by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in close collaboration with UNESCO and Member States, the new document updates UNESCO's 1960 recommendation on the Most Effective Means of Rendering Museums Accessible to Everyone.
ICOM's Director General Anne-Catherine Robert-Hauglustaine presented the paper at UNESCO's General Conference on 13 November. In her speech before the assembly, she called the new recommendations "essential to the development of museums and collections, to the recognition of museum professionals, to the respect for the social role museums play at the regional and community levels, and to the safeguarding of the integrity of collections in all countries." Stressing the importance of four "Primary Functions of Museums"- preservation, research, communication and education - the recommendations offer policies for protecting the cultural importance and diversity of museums around the world.
UNESCO also encourages its Member States to consult good practices which inform museum standards, such as ICOM's Code of Ethics for Museums.
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