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 the UNESCO Secretariat.

Youth & the dangers of Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property

The “No to Illicit Traffic in Antiquities” (Youth & the dangers of Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property) is a project initiated by the Culture unit at UNESCO Beirut in partnership with Biladi Association, and in collaboration with the Ministries of Culture and Education, that aims at combating illicit trafficking in cultural property through heritage-focused educational programs and school field trips.

End trafficking, save culture

Conflict situations and natural disasters increase the risk of theft and trafficking dramatically. Many instances of plunder, theft and trafficking of cultural objects go unseen or unsolved. Help stop illicit trafficking of cultural property by spreading the video. For more info visit
This video was produced by the UNESCO Beirut Office in the framework of the Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage project, funded by the European Union and supported by the Flemish Government and the Government of Austria.

Do not let our cultural heritage to be stolen. ¡Say NO to illicit trafficking of cultural property!

Central America is a very rich region in heritage, but badly damaged by theft, looting and the illicit traffic in cultural property. Numerous archaeological artefacts are looted and stolen, but it happens also happens in churches, museums and underwater heritage. In this clip, UNESCO aims to raise awareness on the current situation in Central America and the Dominican Republic and raise awareness that the protection of our heritage corresponds to all.

Palmira en Villa Ocampo: Stop tràfico

The UNESCO office for South America has produced this awareness raising initiative with regards to prevention of illicit trafficking of cultural property. This video not only caters to warn tourists about the issue of purchasing cultural objects without verification but also contains a few short clips of officials showcasing their commitment to preserve the world heritage.

Protection of Cultural Property in Iraq

The UNESCO Iraq Office produced 3 television spots, in Arabic and just under a minute each in length, 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. More

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. More

The trail of stolen cultural objects - stop trafficking and save culture

This video was created in the framework of the joint UNESCO-European Union project “Training the European judiciary and law enforcement on the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property”. Its specific purpose was to shed the light on the link between the illicit trafficking of cultural property and organized crime. This video makes no reference whatsoever to the practices of the legitimate art market.

Campaign: Heritage is Identity. Don't steal it!

A series of awareness-raising video clips primarily targeted at tourists visiting different regions of the world. The objective of the campaign is to warn tourists when they purchase cultural objects to verify where it comes from and ensure that they have the necessary authorization to export the object out of the country. More

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Stop Illicit Trafficking in South America

This short video clip aims to raise awareness on the current situation of cultural goods being smuggled in South America, and highlights the work carried out by UNESCO and its partners. More

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Against trafficking of cultural property in the Maghreb

Short video on the illicit trafficking of cultural property in the region of the Maghreb.

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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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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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