Awareness-raising and outreach strategies: fighting the illicit traffic of cultural property in South-East Europe
On 13 October 2011, the UNESCO Venice Office will organize in Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, an international expert meeting with the Ministry of Culture, with the support of the National Commission for UNESCO, on “Awareness-raising, communication and outreach strategies: fighting the illicit traffic of cultural property in South-East Europe”. Elizabeta Kanceska – Milevska, Minister of Culture, will open the meeting. It will serve to look at ways to ensure the dissemination to the wider public (heritage sites, tourism offices, customs, airports, media, televisions, social networks, etc) of general messages on the fight against the illicit traffic of cultural property.
This event will bring together key national players affected by the implementation of the UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, international experts (Interpol, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture, the Office for the Fight against Trafficking in Cultural Goods of France, UNESCO 1970 Convention Secretariat) and especially representatives involved in communication and outreach policies and strategies.
UNESCO Venice Office will present a 15-minute video on awareness-raising to the fight against the illicit traffic of cultural property in South-East Europe, realized in May 2011 in close cooperation with all Ministries of Culture and National Commissions of South-East Europe. The geographical scope of this film covers the following countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.
Thanks to the generous support of Austria (the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture; the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs; and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth), the video was translated in national languages of the concerned South-East European countries. Presenting the film, and other materials, will help to show the different dimensions of illicit traffic in South-East Europe, the necessity to mobilize public opinion, to develop and share good practices through regional and international cooperation.
A second meeting on awareness-raising measures is foreseen to be organized in Tirana, Albania, in November 2011.
Video in the following language :
Macedonian language : Fighting illicit traffic of cultural property in South-East Europe [15:54]