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Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Country 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), 28th (28 C/Res. 22) (1995) and 33rd (33 C/Res.44) (2005) sessions.

Mission: 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 submit proposals with a view to mediation or conciliation to the Member States concerned; 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.

Geographical distribution: Group I 3 seats Group II 3 seats Group III 4 seats Group IV 5 seats Group V 7 seats Total 22 seats

Bureau: The current Bureau was elected by the 20th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation which was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in September 2016. Its term expires: 2018.

Sector/Division responsible: Culture Sector Division for Cultural Expressions and Heritage

Website: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/restitution-of-cultural-property/

    President
  Hungary
Mr Dr Visy Zsolt
    Vice-President
  Argentina

  Egypt

  Japan

  Turkey

    Rapporteur
  Zambia
H.E. Mr Collins Chipote
    Member
  Argentina

Term expires: 40th General Conference
  Armenia

Term expires: 41st General Conference
  Austria

Term expires: 40th General Conference
  Benin

Term expires: 41st General Conference
  China

Term expires: 40th General Conference
  Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Term expires: 41st General Conference
  Ecuador

Term expires: 41st General Conference
  Egypt

Term expires: 40th General Conference
  Guatemala

Term expires: 41st General Conference
  Hungary

Term expires: 40th General Conference
  Iraq

Term expires: 41st General Conference
  Italy

Term expires: 40th General Conference
  Japan

Term expires: 40th General Conference
  Mali

Term expires: 41st General Conference
  Mexico

Term expires: 41st General Conference
  Pakistan

Term expires: 41st General Conference
  Republic of Korea

Term expires: 41st General Conference
  Romania

Term expires: 40th General Conference
  Saudi Arabia

Term expires: 40th General Conference
  Turkey

Term expires: 40th General Conference
  United Republic of Tanzania

Term expires: 40th General Conference
  Zambia

Term expires: 40th General Conference