Regional Meeting on the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property in Central America and Dominican Republic
Within the framework of the "Project to strengthen national capacities on the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property and the promotion of its restitution in Central America and Dominican Republic", funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the Regional Meeting has gathered more than fifty attendees, in order to exchange experiences and create alliances to fight the illicit trafficking of cultural goods in the region.
In addition to sharing good practices, participants from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominican Republic received training from institutions such as the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO INTERPOL), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Ministry of Education Culture and Sports of Spain, the Spanish Civil Guard and UNESCO experts, in order to strengthen joint actions to confront this problem.
The event was the product of valuable cooperation between the UNESCO Cluster Office for Central America with representation in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, the Regional Office of Culture for Latin America and the Caribbean with representation in Aruba, Cuba and Dominican Republic, the UNESCO Representative Office in Guatemala, the Secretariats of the 1970 Convention on the measures to be taken to prohibit and prevent the importation, exportation and transfer of ownership of cultural property and the Convention on Protection Of the underwater cultural heritage of 2001, as well as UNIDROIT.
The meeting concluded with the commitment of the 34 participants to take concrete actions to improve their capacity to fight the illicit traffic of cultural goods and to strengthen international cooperation, as reflected in the document “Declaration of La Antigua Guatemala for the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural goods in Central America and Dominican Republic”.
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