The illicit trafficking of cultural property is a growing concern for the international community that is attracting significant political, media, diplomatic, and legal and academic attention. The urgent need for public consciousness and an effective preventive action is at the core of UNESCO’s action against this activity.
The Organization has recently launched an awareness-raising campaign which includes the production of films and video-clips addressing the general public as well as heritage managers and the art market.
These productions are accessible free of charge and can be downloaded easily for information and training purposes. More explanations and documentation can be obtained upon request to the UNESCO Secretariat: Ms Maria Miñana.
Warning! Preventing the looting of cultural property in Africa.
These awareness-raising video-clips aim at informing local communities, tourists, cultural heritage managers and art dealers about the negative impact of the illicit trafficking of cultural property. These short messages, which also highlight the importance of preserving cultural heritage, have a special focus on the specific heritage of each area of the world, starting with the African and Latin American regions and then Asia, Europe and Maghreb in a second phase. When situations of emergency are occurring (in Iraq, for example) a specific alert campaign has been developed.
The clips will be made available in public spaces and travel areas such as airports, train stations, travel offices, embassies of the concerned countries and World Heritage sites. These clips have been produced thanks to the financial support of the Federal Office of Culture of the Swiss Confederation and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands.
¡Alerta! Evita el pillaje de bienes culturales en América Latina (in Spanish)
Fighting illicit traffic of cultural property in South-East Europe: reaching out to the general public
This 15 min video has been produced by the UNESCO Venice Office with a view to raising awareness of the fight against the illicit traffic of cultural goods in the South-East region of Europe. This video was made for a large audience, and it aims at promoting best practices, the value of cultural property and increasing the awareness of the wider public on the importance of their contribution to the appropriate management of their cultural heritage. This video is also available in: Albanian | Bosnian | Bulgarian | Croatian | Macedonian | Montenegrin | Romanian | Serbian | Slovenian
Action to combating trafficking in cultural property: a documentary on UNESCO's and its partner's activities
This 18 minute documentary presents the activities of UNESCO and of its main partners in the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property. It shows the implications of different actors involved in this activity (from local dealers to international mafia) and highlights the importance of international cooperation in the protection of cultural heritage.
This production addresses the general public as well as heritage managers, and has been translated into all UNESCO six official languages. This documentary has been produced thanks to the financial support of the Federal Office of Culture of the Swiss Confederation.
40 years combat against the illicit trafficking of cultural property
This short-clip was conceived on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970. It highlights particularly the importance of international cooperation as well as the valuable work of specialized police forces regarding the fight against illicit trafficking.