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17th session - July 2011

30 June - 1 July 2011 UNESCO Headquarters, Paris - France

The seventeenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of illicit appropriation took place at UNESCO Headquarters, Room XI, Fontenoy building, from 30 June to 1 July 2011.

1. Statutory documents

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Rules of procedure: EN | FR | ES | AR | CH
  • Statutes of the Committee: EN | FR | ES | AR | CH 
  • Rules of Procedure for Mediation and Conciliation: EN | FR

2. Working documents

  • Provisional agenda: EN | FR
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR

3. Meeting results

  • Recommendations : EN | FR
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16th session - September 2010

21-23 September 2010, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

The sixteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of illicit appropriation initially scheduled to take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Fontenoy building, Room XI, from 21 to 23 April 2010 was postponed to take place from 21 to 23 September 2010.

1. Statutory documents

  • Members of the Committe: EN | FR
  • Rules of procedure: EN | FR | ES | AR | CH
  • Statutes of the Committee: EN | FR | ES | AR | CH 

2. Working documents

  • Provisional Agenda: EN | FR | ES |AR | CH
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR | ES |AR | CH
  • Addendum: EN | FR
  • Draft rules of procedure on mediation and conciliation: EN | FR | ES | AR | CH

3. Meeting results

  • Recommendations: EN | FR
  • Rules of Procedure for Mediation and Conciliation: EN | FR
  • Oral Report of the Rapporteur: EN
  • Final Report: EN | FR | ES | AR | RU | CH

4. Practical information

  • Information note: EN | FR
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15th session - May 2009

11-13 May 2009, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

The fifteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of illicit appropriation took place at UNESCO Headquarters, Fontenoy building, from 11 to 13 May 2009.

In the course of this session, the 22 members of the Committee examined the Secretariat Report on the follow-up to the recommendations adopted at the fourteenth session of the Committee, on the activities carried out since 2007 and on a document presenting strategy proposals for the future work of the Committee.

Moreover, the draft rules of procedure on mediation and conciliation along with comments and amendments of certain States was examined.

1. Statutory documents:

  • Statutes of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Rules of procedure: EN | FR
  • Members of the Committee : EN | FR

2. Working documents:

  • Agenda: EN | FR | ES
  • Secretariat Report:  EN | FR | ES | AR | CH
  • Strategy proposal for the future work of the Committee:
    EN | FR | ES | AR | CH
  • "New Developments in the Restitution of Cultural Property: Alternative Means of Dispute Resolution" (summary), by Marie Cornu, Director of research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Marc-André Renold, Professor at the University of Geneva: EN/FR
  • "Diviser c’est détruire: Ethical and legal Rules in the Field of Return of Cultural Properties", by Tullio Scovazzi, Professor of International Law, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy: EN | FR
  • "State Ownership of Undiscovered Cultural Objects", by Patrick J. O’Keefe, Honorary Professor, University of Queensland: EN | FR
  • "The Drafting of a Uniform Law of the Protection of the Cultural Property", by Jorge Sanchez-Cordero, Professor, Mexican Centre of Uniform Law: EN | FR | ES
  • Draft rules of procedure on mediation and conciliation:
    EN | FR | ES | ARportal.unesco.org/culture/en/files/39157/12428099755MedCon_CHIN_ch-CLT-2009-CONF-212-COM-15-1-Rev.pdf/MedCon_CHIN_ch-CLT-2009-CONF-212-COM-15-1-Rev.pdf

3. Meeting results:

4. For more information:

  • General Information: EN | FR
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14th session - June 2007

5 – 6 June 2007, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

  • Agenda: EN | FR
  • Secretariat Report : ENFR | ESRU
  • Draft rules of procedure on mediation and conciliation: EN | FR | ES | RU  | AR 
  • Final report and Recommendations:
     EN | FR | ES | RU  | AR | CH 
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13th session - February 2005

7-10 February 2005, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

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12th session - March 2003

25 - 28 March 2003, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

  • Members of the Committee: EN |FR  
  • Final report, Decision  and  Recommendations EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
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11th session - March 2001

6-9 March 2001, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final report, Decision  and  Recommendations : EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
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10th session - January 1999

25 - 28 January 1999, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final report, Decision  and  Recommendations: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
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9th session - September 1996

16-19 September 1996, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final report, Decision  and  Recommendations : EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
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8th session - May 1994

24-27 May 1994, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final report and  Recommendations : EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Secretariat's Report on 1991-1993 activities: EN | FR | ES
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7th session - April 1991

22 - 25 April 1991, Athens, Greece

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final report and  Recommendations : EN| FR | ES 
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6th Session - April 1989

24 - 27 April 1989, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final Report and Recommendations : EN | FR | ES
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5th session - April 1987

27-30 April 1987, Unesco Headquarters, Paris, France

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final Report and Recommendations: EN | FR | ES
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4th session - April 1985

2-5 April 1985, Athens and Delphi, Greece

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR | ES
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3rd Session - May 1983

Istanbul, Turkey, 9 - 12 May 1983

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final Report: EN | FR | ES
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2nd Session - September 1981

14 - 18 September 1981, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final Report: EN | FR | ES
  • Secretariat Report: EN | FR | ES
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1st session - May 1980

5-9 May 1980, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

  • Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Final Report: EN | FR | ES
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