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First Meeting of the International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods

ICOM organized the First Meeting of the Editorial and Consulting Committees of the International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods on 4 and 5 July, 2013 in Paris, France.

First Meeting of the International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods

Editorial and Consulting Committees of the International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods during the meeting

This two-days meeting gathered 18 international experts on illicit traffic in cultural goods from various sectors concerned by this issue: specialized national police forces, customs agencies, state administrations, museums community, specialized international and academic experts.
 
They are all identified partners of the International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods, a programme dedicated to monitoring and reporting the smuggling and illicit trading of cultural assets launched by ICOM. In response to the lack of centralised available information on illicit traffic in cultural goods, ICOM has indeed created an all-inclusive platform dedicated to information-gathering on different fronts regarding this issue (books, articles, reports, interviews, videos, legal instruments, ethical instruments, tools and practices, guidelines, organisations and their contact information, etc.).

For two years these international partners, gathered in the Consulting and Editorial Committees, will help enhance international cooperation and reinforce the dialogue and the exchange of knowledge and good practices. In the third year of this project, members of the Editorial Committee will specifically work on the content of the Global Report on illicit traffic, to be published in 2015.

The website will be launched by December 2013 and will be the core of the Observatory, acting as a hub for all information related to illicit traffic in cultural goods. It will indeed centralise and disseminate all kinds of resources and instruments relating to illicit traffic in cultural goods and the means to fight it.

This ambitious ICOM project is funded by the European Commission for three years.