Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property (ICPRCP)

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UNESCO Member States which have lost certain cultural objects of fundamental significance and are calling for their restitution or return, in cases where international conventions cannot be applied, may call on the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation.

Functions of the Committee

This intergovernmental body has an advisory role, and provides a framework for discussion and negotiation. Its recommendations concerning States' disputes are not legally binding.

This Committee seeks ways and means of facilitating bilateral negotiations, promoting multilateral and bilateral cooperation with a view to the restitution or return of cultural property, as well as fosters a public information campaign on the issue, and promotes exchanges of cultural property.

Composition of the Committee

The Committee is comprised of 22 UNESCO Member States mandated over a period of four years.

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