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The Executive Committee and the Trust Fund of the International Campaign

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Executive Committee

Executive Committee as a control panel for the large amount of activities undertaken within the framework of the International Campaign, an Executive Committee was created in 1960 (C 11 Res. 4.4141 and 4.4142, 1960) and modified in regard to membership and terms of reference in 1962 (C 12 Res. 4.421).

The modified Executive Committee consisted of representatives of 15 member states that were elected biannually by the General Conference. It held regular meetings (29 sessions in total) and had the task to "issue directions to the Director-General on all questions of a general nature which arise in the course of salvage operations" in Nubia. Its main objective was to ensure that the Campaign and its financial allocations were implemented according to the resolutions of the General Conference and the stipulation of the donors.

Following a recommendation of the Executive Board from 1978 (decision 4.2 II, 104 EX/SR.35), the General Conference decided in its 21st session (1980) to establish the Executive Committee of the International Campaign for the Establishment of the Nubia Museum in Aswan and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo (C 21 Res. 4/11).

The Executive Committee has been set up for the purpose to advise the Director-General on all questions that might arise in the course of the operations for the establishment of the museums, with regard to:

  • the coordination of the work for their planning and construction,
  • the allocation of sums from the Trust Fund and promotional activities to be used for this purpose.

The Executive Committee consists of 15 member states elected for a biannual term by the General Conference and of a representative of the Director General. Since its establishment, 14 sessions were held, the first one taking place at UNESCO headquarters on February 5-6, 1981, the most recent one at Cairo and Alexandria on 7-9 March, 2004.

Members of the Executive Committee

1997-1999 (30th session of the General Conference): Austria, Belgium, Costa Rica, Egypt, Finland, Islamic Republic of Iran, Jamaica, Lithuania, Poland, Senegal, Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom. Observers: ICOM, ICOMOS, ICCROM, IFLA.

1999-2001 (31st session of the General Conference): Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, Gabon, Greece, Islamic Republic of Iran, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Senegal, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. Observers: ICOM, ICOMOS, ICCROM, IFLA.

2001-2003 (32nd session of the General Conference): Belgium, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Greece, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Lithuania, Mauritius, Portugal, Senegal, Slovenia, Sudan, Switzerland, United Kingdom. Observers: ICOM, ICOMOS, ICCROM, IFLA.

2003-2005 (33rd session of the General Conference): Belgium, Congo, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Greece, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Jamaica, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Sudan, Switzerland. Observers: ICOM, ICOMOS, ICCROM, IFLA.

Bureau and Secretariat of the Executive Committee

The Executive's Committee's work is assisted by the Bureau of the Executive Committee, consisting of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman and the Rapporteur, who are elected by the Committee for a whole term. The Bureau is responsible for the coordination of the work of the Executive Committee and makes necessary arrangements for its operation. The Bureau holds annual meetings, which are also attended by representatives of UNESCO and by representatives of the Egyptian authorities.

The Secretariat of the Executive Committee, responsible for the reception, translation and distribution of documents, reports and resolutions and for all other work related to a smooth functioning of the Committee and the implementation of the recommendations, is provided by UNESCO and is assured by the Unit for Arab States within the Division of Cultural Heritage.

The resources remaining in the Trust Fund of the International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia were transferred to the Trust Fund of the newly established International Campaign.

Trust Fund

The Executive Committee was especially responsible for the authorization of payments from the Trust Fund, which had been established to receive contributions and other revenues for the operations in Egyptian and Sudanese Nubia. Over the years voluntary contributions to the Trust Fund amounted to $ 26 million and were made by some 50 member states.

Following the successful completion of the Nubia campaign, the International Campaign for the Establishment of the Nubia Museum in Aswan and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo was launched in 1980 (C 21 Res. 4/11) and its Executive Committee established. It was decided that remaining resources from the Trust Fund of the Nubia Safeguarding Campaign be transferred to the Trust Fund of the newly established International Campaign for the establishment of the two museums.