Emergency Actions in Haiti

From the first hours of the earthquake in January 2010, UNESCO has responded by creating a crisis team and sent a mission to Port-au-Prince. The Organization ensured a follow-up on projects relating to educational services and mobilized the international community to discourage looting. It was necessary to take conservatory measures for a temporary ban on trade and transfer of Haitian cultural goods suspected of being stolen from a cultural institution or a place of worship.

Based on the principles of the 1970 Convention, an appeal was launched to MINUSTAH to ensure the protection of emblematic sites and museums in the country, and a campaign was set up for a temporary international ban on the trade of Haitian works of art. Also based on the 1970 Convention, the Director General alerted WCO and INTERPOL as well as specialized police units from France and Italy to exercise increased vigilance in Haiti and importing countries. All of these bodies responded promptly and positively to this alert.

Capacity-building workshop (June 2014)

International Coordination Committee (ICC)

UNESCO laid the foundation for an International Coordination Committee (ICC) for Haitian culture at a meeting on 16 February 2010 in Paris, opened by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General. The meeting was chaired by Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue, Haiti’s Minister of Culture and Communication, and Françoise Rivière, the Organization’s Assistant Director-General for Culture.

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