This past June, the GCI was named recipient of the 2011 US/ICOMOS Ann Webster Smith Award for International Heritage Achievement. The award honors "extraordinary and sustained achievement in perpetuating Ann Webster Smith's quest to make the United States a respected partner and trustworthy pillar to support the conservation of cultural heritage in all corners of the world."

The nomination cited the GCI's outstanding leadership record in advancing conservation principles and practices and supporting projects to preserve heritage sites throughout the world and the GCI's mission, which embodies Smith's vision of world citizenship.

The GCI will accept the award in a ceremony to be held in November 2011 in Washington DC.