15 March 2011, 13:29

UNESCO marks 40 years since ban on illegal art trade

UNESCO marks 40 years since ban on illegal art trade

On the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, UNESCO is revisiting the history of the Convention, already signed by 120 nations, and is taking stock of its accomplishments, its strengths and its weaknesses, and examining principal challenges.

On the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, UNESCO is revisiting the history of the Convention, already signed by 120 nations, and is taking stock of its accomplishments, its strengths and its weaknesses, and examining principal challenges.

The participants in the celebrations in Paris are Interpol, the World Customs Organization and representatives of the world’s leading auction houses and museums.

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