Interpretation Australia is deeply concerned by the destructive and devastating impact the conflict in Ukraine is causing – the loss and displacement of life, the irrevocable damage to Ukraine’s rich cultural and architectural heritage, and to the natural environment.

Interpretation Australia stands with UNESCO and their efforts in calling for the urgent protection of Ukraine’s extraordinary wealth of cultural heritage, with reference to the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

“…any damage to cultural property, irrespective of the people it belongs to, is a damage to the cultural heritage of all humanity because every people contribute to the world’s culture…” – Preamble of the 1954 Hague Convention

Interpretation Australia is part of an international network of heritage interpretation organisations that aim to share knowledge, protect cultural and natural heritage, and promote the voices of those suffering, through the art of truth-telling and narrative. We work in close collaboration with other heritage organisations to support our shared goals to protect our diverse local and global heritage for future generations to enjoy.

We extend our full support to UNESCO in their aims to uphold the 1954 Hague Convention and to all who seek to protect the people, places and cultural heritage of Ukraine.