The objectives of the IPHC are to:
(a) promote international co-operation in the protection and conservation of non indigenous heritage in the Arctic and Antarctic;
(b) consult and co-operate with Arctic indigenous peoples regarding heritage of cross cultural significance;
(c) provide a forum for interchange of experience, ideas, knowledge, and the results of research between administrators, archaeologists, conservators, historians, legislators and other professionals;
(d) promote international studies and projects;
(e) expand technical co-operation by fostering links with specialised institutions.