The 26th General Conference of the International Council of Museums was held August 20-28 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Public Organization for the Protection of Cultural Heritage and Historical Monuments “GASR” (Castle), First Vice-President and Member of the Board of Directors of ICOMAM (Committee of Military History, Museums Military and Arms Collections), Doctor of Philosophy of History Parvin Gozalov participated in the meeting of the International Committee of ICOMAM, of which he is a member of the board of directors, and made a report on “Museums as as guardians of military history on the example of museums in Azerbaijan, Turkey and Russia” At the beginning of his speech, Parvin Gozalov noted that following the historic victory of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, the Commander-in-Chief and the people of Azerbaijan in the second Karabakh war (27/09/2020-11/08/2020), the historical lands of Azerbaijan, occupied by Armenia for 30 years, were liberated. Following a tripartite agreement between the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Russian Federation and Armenia, a ceasefire agreement was adopted, and the historical lands of Azerbaijan still occupied were returned to Azerbaijan without a fight, and this event is the capitulation of Armenia. It was noted that following the historic victory of Azerbaijan, the stability and development of the region meets the interests of the great powers. The report went on to highlight the genetic similarity of the historical banners of Azerbaijan, which is a clear proof of the history of the state, with the banners of the Khanate of Ganja and the banners of the Ottoman Empire. On August 25, within the framework of the General Conference, the members of the International Committee of ICOMAM in the town of Lesany, 35 km from Prague, were visually and exhaustively informed about “military equipment” (tanks, military aircraft, rockets and artillery).
The International Council of Museums has more than 45,000 members from 141 countries, 126 national committees and 30 international committees. Within the framework of the 26th General Conference of the International Council of Museums – ICOM, during the meeting of the General Assembly on August 24, Emma Nardi was elected President of ICOM by a majority of votes.
At the 26th General Conference of the International Council of Museums, the following “new concept of museums” was adopted: “A museum is a permanent, non-profit organization, at the service of society, which studies, collects, protects, interprets and exhibits tangible assets values” and intangible heritage. Open to the public, accessible and inclusive museums contribute to the diversity and resilience of society. They operate and promote ethical communication, professionally and with community involvement, providing a variety of experiences for education, spiritual enjoyment, and the exchange of ideas and knowledge.