Protection of cultural heritage in Syria and other zones of conflict is, and will continue to be, an urgent matter. Every day, sites and buildings in Syria and other conflict areas are damaged or destroyed by conflict, looting, and terrorism. Dozens of non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations have responded to this crisis, and some of them have received significant funding from European countries, Canada, UNESCO, and the United States. Just in the latter half of 2015, cultural heritage conferences held at the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Asia Society repeatedly called for greater collaboration and a division of labor. The goal of this Summit was to move projects closer to achieving these aims.

Top Image Original Photograph: Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi (West) (Damascus Museum)
Credit: Sean Leatherbury/Manar al-Athar