International Committee of the Blue Shield
The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. The Blue Shield is the emblem specified in the 1954 Hague Convention to identify and protect cultural sites from attack during armed conflict.
The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) works in partnership with other international bodies to:
- protect the world’s cultural heritage through preventive measures
- respond to emergency situations that may threaten cultural heritage
- facilitate international responses to threats or emergencies
- provide training of experts at national and regional levels
- work toward protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage against flood, fire and natural disasters
The UK and Ireland Blue Shield Committee is the UK’s country-level arm of this global network.