Cultural Emergency Response (CER) is a global organisation providing first aid to cultural heritage threatened or damaged by conflict or disaster, always doing so in direct cooperation with local actors in the affected communities. CER acts as a 'cultural ambulance': it provides quick and flexible financial support and expertise to assess risks and damages, stabilise, and implement early recovery measures. Emergency actions aim to prevent the loss of endangered cultural heritage, facilitate cultural continuity, and build resilience in times of crisis. CER also works with heritage communities to prepare for crises and mitigate potential risks to cultural heritage.
CER was established in 2003 as part of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. In July 2022, CER continued as an independent organisation for the protection of culture in crisis.