Symposium on protecting Asia's heritage

“Protecting Asia’s heritage. Strategies for fighting Illicit traffic of cultural property and fostering restitutions” is an international symposium, which will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 16 and 17 December 2013. The Symposium is organized by the UNESCO Offices in Kathmandu in close collaboration with UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

The two-day symposium will provide a platform for discussion on policies and practices for combating illicit traffic of cultural properties in Asia among national and international actors from museums, archives and libraries, art professionals and dealers, representatives of law enforcement institutions, etc. 

The event will build on the Kathmandu Declaration adopted by the symposium “Illicit traffic in cultural property: A threat to the cultural heritage and tourism of Nepal” organized by UNESCO Office in Kathmandu on 30 August 2001. The Kathmandu Declaration urges the government to update and implement effectively the relevant legislation against trafficking of cultural property that was subsequently endorsed by the then Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation on 6 November 2001.



 The symposium will discuss on the following four themes:

•  Policy and legal frameworks

•  Present situation in Asia

•  Preventive measures  

•  Restitution strategies, mechanisms and practices 

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