Julien Anfruns, Director General of ICOM, Mariana Garcés Cordoba, Colombian Minister for Culture, Michael McKinley, US Ambassador to Colombia. © ICOM
March 2011 - On 10 March, the Red List of Colombian Cultural Objects at Risk was officially launched in Bogotá in the presence of Colombian Minister for Culture, Mariana Garcés Cordoba; US Ambassador to Colombia, Michael McKinley; and Director General of ICOM, Julien Anfruns. The launch, which took place at the National Museum of Colombia, was attended by more than 150 people, including members of the Colombian Ministry of Culture, INTERPOL, police and customs officials, journalists, the Colombian Association of Antiquarians, and diplomatic representatives. During the event, a short video introducing the Red List was shown, followed by a brief reception.
On the following morning, a capacity-building workshop was given to a group of 70 people, including police and customs officials, the Association of Antiquarians, museum professionals, and those with a special interest in the fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods. Eugenia Serpa of the Colombian Ministry of Culture spoke about illicit traffic in Colombia; Chair of ICOM Colombia, Gustavo Ortiz, presented the Red List of Colombian Cultural Objects at Risk, while ICOM Red List Project Assistant, Renata Kaminker, spoke about ICOM’s role in the fight against illicit traffic and the Object ID norm.