Started in January 2013, ICOM’s International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods was conceived on the initiative of ICOM and with the financial support of the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Home Affairs.
ICOM’s International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods is the fruit of ICOM’s long-term involvement in the fight against illicit traffic in cultural property, and is created to serve as a permanent international cooperative platform and network between international organisations, law enforcement agencies, research institutions and other external expert stakeholders. In the spirit of the article 17 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, and in the framework of ICOM’s international engagement against illicit traffic in cultural goods, the main objective of this platform is to build a huge information databank for the network and the public through the newly-launched website and to publish in 2015 a triennial Global Report, the first of its kind, presenting a range of case studies, statistics, analyses and reference articles. After the first triennial phase, ICOM intends, funding permitting, to turn the Observatory into a sustainable project.
For more information on the Observatory, visit http://obs-traffic.museum. The website, core of the Observatory and acting as a hub for all information related to illicit traffic in cultural goods, aims at centralising and disseminating all kinds of resources and instruments relating to illicit traffic in cultural goods and the means to ﬁght it.
COUNTERING ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN CULTURAL GOODS – THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE OF PROTECTING THE WORLD’S HERITAGE
With the financial support of the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme, European Commission, Directorate-General Home Affairs