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Latest Publications

Commentary article by article of the UNESCO1970 Convention, P.J. O'Keefe, 2014
  • Commentary article by article of the UNESCO 1970 Convention, P.J. O'Keefe, 2014. Available in English and in French. More
  • Culture & Development - Stop the Illicit Traffic of Cultural Property (PDF) - published by UNESCO Office in Havana, in December 2013.
    Available in English and Spanish. More

Reference Books

  • Witnesses to History - Documents and writings on the return of cultural objects, L.V. Prott, UNESCO, 2009. Available in English, French, Arabic and Chinese. More

Manuals and Information Kits

  • The Fight Against the Illicit of Cultural Objects and the 1970 Conventions: Past and Future; Information Kit (PDF); (Updated May 2015).
    EN | FR
  • Legal and Practical Measures Against Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property, UNESCO Handbook, 2006
    | FR | ES | AR | RU | CH



The video material developed by the Secretariat of the 1970 Convention is made available to the national authorities, organizations partnering UNESCO and all people who wish to disseminate the actions taken by UNESCO in the protection of cultural property, notably via social media platforms.

Protection of Cultural Property in Iraq

The UNESCO Iraq Office produced 3 television spots, in Arabic and just under a minute each in length, were broadcasted in 2012 on a number of Iraqi television channels to raise awareness on the dangers of illicit trafficking of Iraqi cultural property, targeted specifically at the local Iraqi population. More

Help Save the Cultural Heritage of Syria

This video clip was produced by the UNESCO Amman Office to raise awareness on Syria's rich and historical cultural heritage, and the importance to protect it during the conflict. More

Campaign: Heritage is Identity. Don't steal it!

A series of awareness-raising video clips primarily targeted at tourists visiting different regions of the world. The objective of the campaign is to warn tourists when they purchase cultural objects to verify where it comes from and ensure that they have the necessary authorization to export the object out of the country. More

Stop Illicit Trafficking in South America

This short video clip aims to raise awareness on the current situation of cultural goods being smuggled in South America, and highlights the work carried out by UNESCO and its partners. More

Against trafficking of cultural property in the Maghreb

Short video on the illicit trafficking of cultural property in the region of the Maghreb.