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Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP) 

Origin Committee established by the General Conference at its 20th session, in 1978 (20 C/Res. 4/7.6/5).
Statutes amended by the General Conference at its 23rd (23 C/Res. 32.1) (1985) and 28th (28 C/Res. 22) (1995) sessions.
Mission and mandate of the Committee To seek ways and means of facilitating bilateral negotiations for the restitution or return of cultural property to its countries of origin; to promote multilateral and bilateral co-operation in this respect; to encourage the necessary research and studies for the establishment of coherent programmes for the constitution of representative collections in countries whose cultural heritage has been dispersed; to foster a public information campaign on the real nature, scale and scope of the problem; to guide the planning and implementation of UNESCO’s programme of activities in the matter; to encourage the establishment or reinforcement of museums or other institutions for the conservation of cultural property and the training of the necessary scientific and technical personnel; to promote exchanges of cultural property in accordance with the Recommendation on the International Exchange of Cultural Property.
Composition The Committee consists of 22 Member States. Their 4-year term of office extends from the end of the ordinary session of the General Conference during which they are elected until the end of its second subsequent ordinary session.
Member States elected at the 31st session until the end of the 33rd session: Barbade, Cameroon, China, Croatia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Peru, Republic of Korea, Tunisia.

Other members of the Committee, elected at the 30th session and whose term of office expires at the end of the 32nd session of the General Conference: Angola, Côte d'Ivoire,  Czech Republic, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Italy, Lebanon, Pakistan, Turkey, United Republic of Tanzania.
Geographical distribution among electoral
(as amended by 28 C/Res. 22 in 1995)







Bureau Chairperson: Ethiopia
4 Vice-Chairpersons: Azerbaijan, Greece, China, Lebanon

Rapporteur: Jamaica
Meetings foreseen during the biennium The Committee will meet in 2003.
Sector/Division responsible Culture Sector
Division of Cultural Heritage
URL of the site http://www.unesco.org/culture/legalprotection/

Current membership of the Committee, by electoral group
Membership of the Committee since its establishment
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