Over 1,650 participants from 94 countries came together in Florence from 9-14 November 2014 for the 18th
General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). 1300 technical
proposals and the exchange between heritage specialists have culminated in the following Declaration of
principles and recommendations on the value of cultural heritage and landscapes for promoting peaceful
and democratic societies. All individuals and communities have the right to benefit from cultural heritage
and landscape to the same extent that they have a duty to preserve its authenticity and cultural diversity as
a human right.