Awareness-raising videos

A key component of UNESCO’s awareness-raising campaign against the trafficking of cultural property is through the production of short documentaries and video-clips addressed to the general public as well as cultural heritage and the art market professionals.

Please note, the videos below are accessible free of charge and can be downloaded for educational and training purposes. For more information, contact  Ms Maria José Miñana from the UNESCO Secretariat.
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WARNING FOR TOURISTS: “Heritage is identity. Don’t steal it!”

Dear tourist, make sure that the souvenir you take home hasn’t been looted from a museum or illegally excavated from an archeological site. Please check its provenance and verify that it can be exported out of the country! Keep in mind that a cultural object is not a simple merchandise: it embodies history and has a symbolic value for the local people. Help stop illicit trafficking!

This clip will be distributed in a joint campaign organized with the UNWTO, UNODC and UNESCO aimed at engaging tourists in the global fight against the illicit trafficking of persons, wildlife and cultural artefacts.

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Actions to Combating Trafficking in Cultural Property


This documentary presents the activities of UNESCO and its partners in the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property. It focuses on the different actors involved in this illicit activity, from local art dealers to international organized-crime networks, and highlights the importance of international cooperation in the protection of cultural heritage, and is aimed at raising awareness to the general public as well as authorities working in the cultural heritage sector.

This documentary was produced thanks to the financial support of the Federal Office of Culture of the Swiss Confederation. 

Available in French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese
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Fighting illicit traffic of cultural property in South-East Europe

The UNESCO Venice Office produced this 15 minutes video with a view to raising awareness to a large audience on the fight against the illicit traffic of cultural goods in South-East Europe. The objectives of the video is to promote best practices, the value of cultural property and increase awareness on the importance of the public’s contribution to the management and protection of their cultural heritage.

Available in: Albanian | Bosnian | Bulgarian | Croatian | Macedonian | Montenegrin | Romanian | Serbian | Slovenian
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Help Save the Cultural Heritage of Syria

This video clip was produced by the UNESCO Amman Office to raise awareness on Syria's rich and historical cultural heritage, and the importance to protect it during the conflict.
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Warning! Preventing the looting of cultural property in Africa

Warning! Preventing the looting of cultural property in Latin America (in Spanish)

The awareness-raising video clips (above) aim at informing local communities, tourists, professionals in the field of cultural heritage and art dealers on the negative impact of the illicit trafficking of cultural property, and highlight the importance of preserving cultural heritage in Africa and in Latin America. The clips are shown in public spaces, such as in airports, train stations, travel offices, embassies and World Heritage sites.

The clips were financed with the support of the Federal Office of Culture of the Swiss Confederation and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands.
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Protection of Cultural Property in Iraq – 3 Television Spots (3 minutes - 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.

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Infographic Film for young people on Heritage Protection and Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property in Iraq (3.05 minutes – 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.

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