'ICOMOS − the International Council on Monuments and Sites − is the international non-governmental organization of professionals, practitioners, institutions, and other bodies committed to and supporting the conservation/preservation of the cultural heritage of all peoples. ICOMOS' primary objective is the conservation/preservation of monuments, groups of buildings and sites. Through its membership and the exchange of information and expertise, ICOMOS forms an international network that defines, improves, promotes conservation/
 preservation principles, standards, research, responsible practice and innovation.' (Stockholm, 1998)