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Slovenia is committed to follow a number of charters and recommendations formulated at international ICOMOS congresses. Through its 21 International Scientific Committees of experts from around the world, and through its triennial General Assembly, ICOMOS seeks to establish international standards for the preservation, restoration, and management of the cultural environment. Many of these standards have been promulgated as charters by the organisation as a result of adoption by the ICOMOS General Assembly. At the first International Congress of Architects and Technicians of Historic Monuments in 1931 an Athens Charter for the Restoration of Historic Monuments was declared, which became the fundamental international document for preservation of cultural heritage.
In 1964 the Venice Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites was adopted, followed by the establishment of ICOMOS in 1965. A new understanding of heritage followed in the Florence Charter in 1982 focused on the preservation of historic gardens, and the Washington Charter in 1987 on the Conservation of Historic Towns and Urban Areas.
Guidelines to the current issues concerning archaeological and underwater heritage were proclaimed in the Lausanne Charter in 1990 and its annex in 1996. The vernacular architecture, the subject of Mexico Charter in 1999, has gained its position in cultural heritage comprehension in recent years.