Regional workshop on the protection and safeguarding of the cultural heritage of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean

Mexico City D.F., Mexico, 29 September - 2 October 2009

In the interest of collectors and in response to the high quotes on the art market, in particular Western market, of religious objects (paintings, sculptures, architectural elements, silver and various objects of piety), UNESCO organized a training session for legal and operational matters on the specific theme of the protection of religious heritage, which has been the target of a significant looting in recent years.

This workshop took place from 29 September to 2 October on the campus of the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) in cooperation with the UNESCO offices in Cuba and Mexico, the Section of museums and cultural objects and with the support of the Centro Mexicano de Derecho Uniforme. It brought together 40 leaders of museums, heritage managers, representatives of the clergy and policy makers in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, México, Perú and the Dominican Republic.

The training was conducted in cooperation with ILAM (Instituto Latinoamericano de Museos), INTERPOL, UNIDROIT and a police officer specializing in securing places of worship.

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