Who are we?

The Executive Council is the Board of Directors of ICOM – CAMEROON. Its mission is to ensure the application of the decisions and recommendations of the General Assembly, to coordinate the activities of the ICOM CAMEROON sub-directorates. The Executive Council functions as a board of directors and ensures that the implementation of the organization’s Strategic Plan is effective. It meets twice a year and is made up of 16 members elected for a period of three years: the President, two Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer, 11 ordinary members and the President of the Advisory Committee.

ICOM is the international organization of museums and museum professionals committed to preserving, sustaining, and communicating to society the value of the world’s cultural and natural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.

Created in 1946, ICOM is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in a formal relationship of association with UNESCO and enjoys consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

A non-profit association, ICOM is mainly financed by contributions paid by its members. It is also supported by various public and private organizations such as UNESCO, of which ICOM carries out part of the program concerning museums.

Based in Paris (France), at UNESCO House, ICOM’s headquarters are made up of the General Secretariat and the UNESCO-ICOM Museum Information Centre.

The 26,000 members of ICOM, present in 151 countries, collaborate in the Organization’s actions carried out at the national, regional or international level: workshops, publications, training, twin programs and promotion of museums through International Museum Day (May 18 of each year).

Members participate in the activities of 118 National Committees, 30 International Committees and 17 Affiliated Organizations. To strengthen their action, some National Committees have grouped themselves into Regional Organizations.

The strategic plan adopted by the General Assembly is implemented by the ICOM Secretariat as well as by the national and international committees which contribute to the realization of the programme. ICOM’s actions respond to the challenges and needs of the profession and revolve around the following themes:

– cooperation and scientific exchanges
– dissemination of knowledge about museums and public awareness
– professional training
– development of professional standards
– development and promotion of professional ethics
– protection of heritage and fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property


ICOM has been able to surround itself with partners to fully fulfill its mission. These are NGOs, States, foundations or even federations that collaborate and work hand in hand with ICOM to ensure the development of its actions in favor of museums throughout the world.


Partners in a formal relationship of association

Since 1946, ICOM has had a formal relationship of association with UNESCO, which is the highest possible level of association with the organization. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations System.
An official cooperation agreement on the fight against the illicit traffic of cultural property was signed on April 11, 2000 between ICOM and INTERPOL. Founded in 1923, INTERPOL is an international organization whose purpose is to promote international police cooperation.
Since 2000, ICOM has been working with the WCO on issues of control and fight against the illicit traffic of cultural property. A memorandum of understanding for cooperation was signed between the two parties on Tuesday 25 January 2000 in Brussels. The World Customs Organization (WCO) specializes in customs matters.

ECOSOC is a partner of ICOM on issues relating to the management of transnational traffic. The Economic and Social Council, commonly known as ECOSOC, is the main organ for coordinating the economic and social activities of the United Nations.

ICOM and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the UN, are in permanent contact and collaborate closely within the framework of the mediation program in Art and cultural heritage. The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center strongly supports the project by providing its expertise in alternative dispute resolution and the administrative support of its Secretariat.

Intergovernmental organizations


ICOM and ICCROM work together on emergency aid programs for cultural heritage in times of conflict or natural disasters. ICCROM is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage.

ICOM works with the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) within the framework of its program to combat illicit trafficking. UNODC is responsible for coordinating all United Nations drug control activities and providing effective leadership for these activities.

Non-governmental organizations


ICOM sits on the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS), an international organization which brings together professionals from museums, archives, libraries, monuments and historic sites and which participates in the protection of the world’s cultural heritage in the context of natural disasters and war.

ICOM and ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) sit on the International Committee of the Blue Shield. ICOMOS works for the conservation of monuments and historic sites around the world.
ICOM and ICA (International Council on Archives) sit on the International Committee of the Blue Shield. The ICA’s mission is to promote the preservation of and access to archives worldwide, through international cooperation.
ICOM and IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) sit on the International Committee of the Blue Shield. IFLA represents the interests of libraries, information services and their users.
ICOM and CCAAA (Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations) sit on the International Committee of the Blue Shield. CCAAA is an association of organizations whose mission is to support professional activities in the field of audiovisual archives.
A memorandum of understanding was signed in Lisbon (Portugal) on 21 May 2010 between ICOM and the FMAM (World Federation of Friends of Museums), which had maintained close relations for many years, particularly in the context of the design of the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums . The FMAM is an organization that brings together and supports all Friends of Museums around the world.
ICOM and the IBA (International Bar Association) cooperate in particular on issues relating to intellectual property law and tangible and intangible heritage. The International Bar Association is an international network of lawyers at the global level, whose objective is the exchange of information between the different national legal associations, the defense of the independence of the judiciary and the right of lawyers to practice freely. their profession.