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EIU in the world2014.10.09 14:39

The workshop on Counter Trafficking of Cultural Property was held on September 9th, 2014 in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Jointly organized by United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the workshop explored the role of civil society in countering trafficking of cultural property with 80 participants from NGOs and civil society, experts from Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), law enforcement and government officials.

The opening address was given by Deputy Director of Planning and Investment of ICHHTO Saeed Shirkavand, who highlighted that establishment of a mechanism for legal trade of cultural property could be a solution to this problem, and at the same time encourage the public to bring out their assets of cultural value.

Director of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, Esther Kuisch Laroche, reminded participants about the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and how the states have to not only prevent such trafficking, but also put mechanisms in place to recover trafficked cultural properties. In this aspect, civil society can play a big role, where from past experience it was the local professionals and communities who were most effective in protecting these cultural properties. More importantly, Laroche emphasized the importance of strengthening capabilities and raising awareness of this issue.

Following the speeches, participants took part in panel discussions with experts in the field regarding the role of NGOs and civil society in protecting historical sites, consequences of trafficking in cultural property, and the role of ICHHTO in protecting Iran’s cultural heritage.


Links and references:

Press release from UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and photo source: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/tehran/about-this-office/single-view/news/unodc_and_unesco_team_up_to_support_the_fight_against_illicit_trafficking_of_cultural_property/#.VCbh6haPoUg

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