Emergency Actions in Iraq
Highlighting resolution 1483 of 22 May 2003 of the United Nations Security Council, UNESCO recommends a ban on the sale or transfer of Iraqi cultural property of historic and archaeological value. UNESCO is pursuing its awareness-raising and diplomatic activities so that the international community strengthens its work against the trafficking of Iraqi property and facilitates the restitution of vestiges.
Statements by the UNESCO Director-General
4 November 2014 - Director-General denounces cultural cleansing during visit to Iraq
Director-General Calls for Vigilance
August 2014 – After receiving a letter from H.E. Ambassador Mahmood Al-Mullakhalaf, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Iraq to UNESCO, calling on “…all nations of the world to stand with Iraq…” in protecting its cultural heritage, the UNESCO Director-General sent letters to all States Parties and non-States Parties to the 1970 Convention, as well as to major museums and auction houses worldwide, in order to forward the Ambassador’s call while the country’s heritage is facing increased risks of looting. More
Consultation Meeting (July 2014)
A consultation meeting was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 17 July to develop an Emergency Response Action Plan to safeguard Iraq’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.
Press release - 17 July 2014 - Emergency Response Action Plan to Safeguard Iraqi Heritage
Awareness-Raising Campaign (2012-2013)
Protection of Cultural Property in Iraq (3 television spots in Arabic)
The UNESCO Iraq Office produced 3 television spots, in Arabic and just under a minute each in length, which were broadcasted in 2012 on a number of Iraqi television channels to raise awareness on the dangers of illicit trafficking of Iraqi cultural property, targeted specifically at the local Iraqi population.
Infographic Film for young people on Heritage Protection and Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property in Iraq (in Arabic)
The UNESCO Iraq Office produced the infographic film in 2013 in Arabic aimed at sensitizing Iraqi youth to the importance of protecting their rich and historical cultural heritage. This video was financed through the generous extra-budgetary contribution of the Government of Switzerland.
Roundtable on Iraqi archaeological heritage
17 October 2012 - UNESCO Headquarters - Paris, France
UNESCO hosted an open discussion roundtable entitled "Safeguarding Iraqi Archaeological Heritage: Current Challenges and Achievements"
The sculpture (see adjacent photo) was stolen in Baghdad in April 2003, INTERPOL ref. n° 2003/22019-1.4
- 2-6 November 2008 - Beirut, Lebanon
Workshop to strengthen legal and operational capacities in Iraq
- 18-20 June 2007 - Amman, Jordan
UNESCO workshop on the Protection of cultural heritage through the application of international conventions and their tools
United Nations Security Council
22 May 2003
Further to the measures taken by the United States and in application of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1483, the UNESCO Secretariat again reminded all its Member States of the necessity to fight against illicit trafficking and looting of Iraqi cultural property.