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Fund of the Intergovernmental Committee

When the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation was created in 1978, it was recommended that a Fund would also be created in order to facilitate its function. In addition, the Study on the Principles, Conditions and Means for Restitution or Return Of Cultural Property in View of Reconstituting Dispersed Heritages, carried out in 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), also recommended the creation of such a Fund.

It was finally in November 1999, during the 30th session of the UNESCO General Conference that the Resolution 27 was adopted and the Fund of the Intergovernmental Committee was created, in compliance with Recommendation No.6 (adopted in 1999 by the 10th session of the Committee).

This Fund aims to support Member States in their efforts to pursue the return or restitution of cultural property and effectively fight illicit traffic in cultural property, particularly with regard to: the verification of cultural objects by experts, transportation, insurance costs, setting up of facilities to exhibit them in satisfactory conditions, and training of museum professionals in the originating countries of cultural objects.

In March 2001, the Director General of UNESCO launched an appeal to participate in this unanimous effort and contribute generously to the Fund in order to facilitate the effective restitution of cultural property to its State of origin or its owner.


The Fund is open to voluntary contributions from States and private donors.

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