Dinu Bumbaru, former ICOMOS Secretary General and current member of the Executive Committee, has been awarded the Prix du Québec, the most prestigious award attributed by the Government of Québec in all fields of culture and science. This is the highest heritage distinction in Canada, where heritage is primarily the responsibility of the provinces.
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In recent days, and following fighting in Damascus and Aleppo, the conflict in Syria has reached an unprecedented level. On 27 July 2012, the UN Human Rights Chief expressed particular concern about the likelihood of an “imminent major confrontation in Syria's second largest city Aleppo.”