UNESCO Regional Workshop "Strengthening the Institutional and Legal framework in the field of Cultural Heritage", Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon, 9-11 November 2009

The status of ownership, transfer of ownership, the actions of ICOM, the UNIDROIT Convention and an update on various national legislation are some of the subjects that were discussed during the workshop in Beirut (9-11 November 2009), which has been organized in close collaboration with Euromed Heritage IV, the Beirut UNESCO regional office and the Section of Museums and Cultural Objects under the patronage of the Lebanese Ministry of culture. UNIDROIT, ICOM, INTERPOL and the WCO (World Customs Organization) also took part in this training which was intended for customs officers, police officers and officials in various ministries concerned by the illicit flow of cultural property from their countries.

The objective of this seminar was to compare existing legislation and specialized services in partner countries with the norms established 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 with the codes of ethics for the management of private or museum collections, and 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 UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws is being updated and consulted, and the mode of cooperation with the services of and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Documents about this session:

  • Final Report: FR
  • Recommendations: EN | FR | AR
  • Media release: EN FR
  • Background paper: EN | FR | AR
  • Agenda: EN | FR
  • List of participants: EN | FR
  • Proceedings- Part 1: EN | FR | AR
  • Proceedings- Part 2: EN | FR | AR
  • Proceedings- Part 3: EN | FR AR
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