26.05.2009 -

Combating the illicit trafficking of cultural goods and encouraging their restitution

The 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property is the pioneer legal tool of universal application on the issue of fighting illicit trafficking in cultural property and it presently counts 117 State Parties.

UNESCO encourage its Member States to fight on several fronts: by the ratification and implementation of the 1970 Convention and the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention, complementary to the UNESCO Convention; by the development of intergovernmental bilateral and multilateral agreements; by an increased collaboration with IGO’s and NGO’s, by the elaboration of normative databases and databases of cultural property.

read : http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001825/182581e.pdf

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