The Organization of World Heritage Cities is launching the Initiative for Ukrainian Cultural Heritage (OWHC-IUCH).
OWHC Initiative for Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Statement
Due to the war, the multicultural and multinational heritage of Ukraine is currently exposed to irreversible loss and irreparable destruction. Ukrainian citizens in L’viv - OWHC member city - and other historic cities are being mobilized, despite their perilous conditions and humanitarian emergencies, in protecting their built and cultural heritage in areas partially affected by the war, but also in heavily damaged areas like in Kharkov, to save what still can be saved.
It is our duty to support their efforts.
The OWHC-IUCH prioritizes the collect of funds with the aim of supporting Ukraine in different circumstances:
1. In priority, buying required technical material in bordering countries of Ukraine (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova) with the aim to urgently protect cultural heritage before being damaged.
2. Supporting the emergency work (safe storage of objects or archives, consolidation of damaged buildings, securing sites, collect of reusable material, etc.)
3. Accompanying restauration and reconstruction processes
The OWHC Regional Secretariat for Central and Eastern Europe (CEER) based in Warsaw (Poland) will be coordinating this initiative through a dedicated Task Force involving OWHC member cities.
The OWHC-IUCH will be adapted according to the evolution of the situation in the field and of the needs.
We thank you for your generous donations and for supporting this unique initiative for Ukrainian cultural heritage.