The International Coordinating Committee holds its 14th Plenary Session focusing on research and conservation and sustainable development.
The Plenary Session of the ICC examines general policy matters, determines central priorities and approves new project proposals related to the Angkor World Heritage Site and provides recommendations to be implemented to better preserve this world heritage.
In 1991, King Norodom Sihanouk appealed to UNESCO to coordinate the international efforts to preserve and safeguard Angkor. Since 1992, following the inscription of Angkor on the World Heritage List and the World Heritage List in Danger, UNESCO has provided substantial assistance to Cambodia for the establishment and development of an appropriate national legal and institutional framework for the protection and management of the site. Angkor was inscribed in accordance with exceptional procedures and was subject to a certain number of conditions to be met by the Royal Government. As a result, the Cambodian authorities adopted a Royal Decree Establishing Protected Cultural Zones in the Siem Reap/Angkor Region and Guidelines for their Management. It was followed by the creation of an independent body, the Authority for the Protection of the Site and the Management of the Angkor Area (APSARA), in 1995.
Since 1993, UNESCO has ensured the Standing Secretariat of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC), co-chaired by France and Japan.