Regional workshop for trainers on the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property

Meknes, Morocco, 20-24 April 2015

The Ministry of Culture of Morocco and the UNESCO Office in Rabat organized a regional training workshop for facilitators on the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property, to Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia.  

This training was held in Meknes (Morocco) from 20 to 24 April 2015 and followed a workshop held in Casablanca in November 2013. It aimed to train professionals from the culture, tourism, security and custom sectors on issues related to the protection of heritage and in particular the fight against trafficking in cultural property. The objective was for the trainers to, in turn, to raise awareness and train concerned services and populations at the national level. The workshop also aimed to share experiences and best practices implemented by the four represented states, and promote their work.  

The workshop brought together 40 participants:

  • 31 national representatives from Ministries of Culture and Tourism, and of the Interior, as well as police corps and customs officials
  • A representative of UNIDROIT
  • A representative of INTERPOL
  • Two representatives of the Guardia Civil (Spain)
  • A representative of UNODC
  • A representative of the Arab ICOM
  • Three representatives of UNESCO: one from headquarters and two from the UNESCO Office in Rabat  

This training was organized with funding from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

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