06.11.2009 -

UNESCO fighting illicit trafficking of cultural property

© UNESCOtogether to prevent illicit trafic of cultural property

Under the framework of UNESCO's project; protecting cultural property, UNESCO Beirut organized a seminar on "“Prevention and fight against illicit traffic of cultural properties” in Brumana Lebanon 9-11 November 2009.

Some 30 participants representing Ministries of culture, departments of antiquities and customs from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority participated in this three-day seminar. The event was under the patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Culture and in cooperation with the EUROMED Heritage.  

The objective of this seminar, was to compare the existing legislations and specialized services in the partner countries with the norms set by major international conventions; such as the Hague Convention of 1954, the UNESCO Convention of 1970, and the UNIDROIT Convention of 1995, as well as the codes of ethics for the management of collections, whether private or museum collections, and for the trade in cultural properties (Codes of ICOM and UNESCO).

The seminar examined how these norms have been implemented in the national legislations, how the data base of UNESCO of cultural heritage legislation is being updated and consulted, and the mode of cooperation with the services of INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Experts from UNESCO, Interpol, ICOM, UNIDROIT WCO, and EUROMED, gave lectures and presentations at the seminar.

Contact: Joseph Kreidi 

Link: UNESCO cultural property website

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