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Red List of Colombian cultural objects at risk

Red List of Colombian cultural objects at risk

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As the International Council of Museums (ICOM) celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its famous Red List series, it is pleased to announce the publication of the Red List of Colombian Cultural Objects at Risk. ICOM will officially launch this Red List on 10 March, 2011, at 6 pm, in the Teresa Cuervo Borda Auditorium at the National Museum of Colombia, Bogota, in the presence of Ms. Mariana Garcés Córdoba, Ministry of Culture of Colombia, Mr. Julien Anfruns, Director General of ICOM, and H.E. the Ambassador of the United States of America, Mr. Peter Michael McKinley.

As a member of the international group of experts recognised by the United Nations in the fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, ICOM is very active, through its programmes, in the prevention of this traffic. The Red Lists are effective tools that support the work of police and customs worldwide, and all other professionals concerned with cultural property, by helping them identify the categories of objects that are particularly vulnerable to illegal purchase, transaction and export.
Illicit trafficking is a constant threat to the preservation of cultural heritage, as it destroys essential scientific elements in the reconstruction of life models of Colombian society, and leaves historical gaps that distort the significance and interpretation of this cultural heritage.

The International Council of Museums and its partners unite their efforts to raise awareness on the importance of protecting cultural heritage against criminal activity. The Red List of Colombian Cultural Objects at Risk, developed with the valuable assistance of a multidisciplinary team of specialists, and the generous support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, supports the efforts of the Colombian authorities and their National campaign against illicit traffic in cultural goods.

ICOM will also hold a workshop on Red Lists and the prevention of illicit traffic on 11 March, in Bogota, in the presence of local, national and international experts.

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