INTERNATIONAL TRAINING SEMINAR ON REDUCTION OF SHADOW ECONOMY RELATED TO ILLEGAL TURNOVER OF CULTURAL OBJECTS

On 23 and 24 January 2018, UNIDROIT participated in the International Training Seminar on Reduction of Shadow Economy Related to Illegal Turnover of Cultural Objects, organised by the Latvian School of Public Administration, in cooperation with the Italian Carabinieri TPC, INTERPOL, UNESCO, UNODC, UNIDROIT and other institution, in Riga, Latvia.

Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, gave a presentation on the basic principles of the UNIDROIT 1995 Convention and the tasks Latvia has to perform concerning joining and implementing the Convention, while Ms Baiba Broka, Member of the UNIDROIT Governing Council and Vice Chairperson of the Senate of the University of Latvia, discussed Latvia’s benefits resulting from the accession to the UNIDROIT 1995 Convention. Latvia confirmed in fact that the procedure for accession to the 1970 UNESCO and 1995 UNIDROIT Conventions is underway.
WORKSHOP ON COUNTERING ILLICIT TRAFFICKING OF CULTURAL PROPERTY

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On 17-20 December 2017, Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, actively participated in the workshop “Countering illicit trafficking of cultural property” jointly organised by UNESCO and the Italian Carabinieri in Amman, Jordan.  On that occasion, Ms Schneider discussed the accession procedure to the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects and main concerns from the Arab States concerning the accession.

 

UNESCO WORKSHOP ON THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLICIT TRAFFIC OF CULTURAL PROPERTY

Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, took part in the UNESCO Workshopon the Fight against Illicit Traffic of Cultural Property (Convention of 1970), held at Cairo from 10 to 14 December 2017, for Egypt and Sudan. In her address, Ms Schneider considered the benefits for the Arab Region resulting from the ratification of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.

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STRENGTHENING SYNERGIES FOR THE PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN EASTERN AFRICA AND THE ADJACENT INDIAN OCEAN ISLAND STATES

On 20 July 2017 in Balaclava, Republic of Mauritius, Ministers responsible for culture in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Somalia and South Sudan issued a Joint Statement on Strengthening Synergies for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Eastern Africa and the adjacent Indian Ocean Island States. The Statement is built on 10 recommendations from a Regional Conference and Ministerial Roundtable on the protection of Cultural Heritage, organised by the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, on 18-19 July 2017.

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GENEVA SUMMER SCHOOL

On 14 June 2017, Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, gave a lecture to the students of the Geneva Summer School of International Cultural Heritage Law – University of Geneva on the weaknesses of the 1970 UNESCO Convention, the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention and UNESCO-UNIDROIT Model Provisions on State Ownership of Undiscovered Cultural Objects. Click here for more info.

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4TH MEETING OF STATES PARTIES TO THE 1970 CONVENTION AND 5TH SESSION OF THE SUBSIDIARY COMMITTEE

On 15-19 May 2017, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary Ms Marina Schneider participated in the Fourth Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and in the Fifth Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Click here for more information about the 4th Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention.

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UNESCO WORKSHOP ON THE ETHICS OF COLLECTIONS AND FIGHT AGAINST ILLICIT TRAFFIC OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE GCC

Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary, took part to a three-day workshop on the ethics of collections and fight against illicit traffic of cultural heritage in the GCC, organised by UNESCO and the Tourism and Culture Authority of the UAE, in Abu Dhabi (UAE) from 2 to 4 April 2017.

The workshop is part of UNESCO’s capacity building initiatives and it is the first workshop of its kind in the region bringing together representatives of culture authorities from the GCC, public and private museums, collectors and auction houses as well as experts from institutions such as UNESCO, INTERPOL, WCO-OMD, ICOM, UNODC.

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Shot of the participants to the Workshop. Group Photo of Workshop participants.

THE FIRST G7 CULTURE MEETING

On 30-31 March 2017, UNIDROIT was invited to take part to the first G7 Culture meeting in the history of G7, hosted by Italy in Florence.pict01

The Ministerial meeting attended by Prof. Anna Veneziano, Deputy Secretary general of UNIDROIT, was preceded by a technical meeting on challenges and opportunities of the existing legal framework, best strategies and preventive measures for safeguarding cultural property from illicit trafficking, and awareness-raising and education’s improvement to which UNIDROIT contributed.

The Declaration signed by the seven Ministers of Culture urges States to strengthen safeguarding and preservation of cultural heritage, to identify and share appropriate best practices for fighting every form of illegal activity in this field, as well as to ratify the existing relevant Conventions against trafficking in cultural property such as the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.

Joint Declaration of the Ministers of Culture of G7.

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PRIVATE COLLECTIONS: HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

On 16-17 March 2017, UNIDROIT hosted a two-day conference on: “Private Collections: Historical and Legal Perspectives” in collaboration with the International Society for Research and Cultural Heritage (ISCHAL), Institut des sciences sociales du politique (ISP), BonelliErede law firm, Institut – Droit Ethique – Patrimoine (IDEP), Institut d’études de droit public (IEDP), Università degli Studi di Milano and Université des Etudes de Genève. Programme

INTERPOL FORUM: “UNITY FOR SECURITY”

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Between 28 and 30 March 2017, Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary, participated in the work of INTERPOL’s forum “Unity For Security”, held in Abu Dhabi and organised in partnership with the United Arab Emirates and the INTERPOL Foundation for a Safer World, under the patronage of his Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

The forum brought together Ministers with responsibility for security portfolios, senior police officials, representatives from the private sector as well as experts to collectively address common issues and to identify their responsibility in implementing a global policing architecture to combat future threats.

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PROMOTING AND STRENGTHENING THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE – THE 1995 CONVENTION. NEW YORK, UN HEADQUARTERS, 28 FEBRUARY 2017.

pict01The special event on “Promoting and strengthening the international legal framework for the protection of cultural heritage” took place on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, at the UN HQ, co-organized by the Missions of Cyprus and Italy to the UN and by UNIDROIT.

During the event, UNIDROIT and the Missions of Cyprus and Italy to the UN announced the establishment of an informal Task Force, open to all States wishing to participate, aimed at the promotion of the wider ratification of the 1995 UNDIROIT Convention. The Task Force will be coordinated by UNIDROIT, assisted by the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention Academic Project which will be launched soon, and will convene on an annual basis in New York, in order to provide a platform for the exchange of views on issues such as the state of ratifications of the UNIDROIT 1995 Convention, for the promotion of activities aimed at awareness, information and best practices sharing, and for training and education to assist on the accession, ratification and implementation of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention

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MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE ON OFFENCES RELATING TO CULTURAL PROPERTY

On 20-24 February 2017, the Council of Europe hosts the 4th and conclusive Plenary Meeting for the drafting of the new criminal law Convention aimed at combating the illicit trafficking of cultural property.

Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, contributed to the work of the Committee on Offences relating to Cultural Property (PC-IBC).

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COUNCIL OF EUROPE COLLOQUY ON PROTECTING CULTURAL HERITAGE FROM DESTRUCTION AND TRAFFICKING (STRASBOURG, 13 JANUARY 2017)

On 13 January, high-level representatives from international organisations and national governments, as well as academic experts, will gather in Strasbourg for a colloquium aimed at strengthening cooperation to protect cultural heritage from wanton destruction and preventing the illicit trafficking of cultural goods.

Organised jointly by the Cypriot chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers and its Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, the event will focus on the illicit excavation, sale and acquisition of cultural property, which has become a lucrative trade often linked to cross-border organised crime and terrorism.

Keynote speakers include Ioannis Kasoulides, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Mammoun Abdulkarim, the Director-General of the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums in Syria and Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Also addressing the event are Hans-Holger Herrnfeld, Chair of the Committee on Offences relating to Cultural Heritage, and Anna Veneziano, the Deputy Secretary-General of UNIDROIT.

The Council of Europe is currently preparing a new Convention on Offences related to Cultural Property, which will become the only international treaty focusing on criminal measures and sanctions on illicit activities in the field of cultural heritage.

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