Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation

Comité intergouvernemental pour la promotion du retour de biens culturels à leur pays d'origine ou de leur restitution en cas d'appropriation illégale
Comité Intergubernamental para la Promoción del Retorno de Bienes Culturales hacia sus Paises de Origen o su Restitución en Caso de Apropiación Ilicita

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1978-11 Paris France


Established by resolution 4/7.6/5 of 20th General Conference of B-XB3383 - UNESCO.


Seek ways and means of facilitating bilateral negotiations for the restitution or return of cultural property to its countries of origin and promote multilateral and bilateral cooperation around this issue; encourage the necessary research and studies for the establishment of coherent programmes for the constitution of representative collections in countries whose cultural heritage has been dispersed; foster a public information campaign on the real nature, scale and scope of the problem of restitution or return; guide the planning and implementation of UNESCO's programme of activities with regard to restitution or return; encourage the establishment or reinforcement of museums or other institutions for the conservation of cultural property and the training of the necessary scientific and technical personnel; promote exchanges of cultural property; provide mediation and conciliation for Member States; report on its activities in accordance with the Recommendation to the General Conference of UNESCO at each of its ordinary sessions.


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Committee of 22 Member States of UNESCO (meeting in regular plenary session at least once and not more than twice every 2 years), elected by its General Conference at its ordinary sessions, taking into account the need to ensure equitable geographical distribution and appropriate rotation, as well as the representative character of those States in respect of the contribution they are able to make to the restitution or return of cultural property to its countries of origin. Bureau, consisting of Chairman, 4 Vice-Chairmen and Rapporteur. Secretariat provided by the Director-General of UNESCO. Ad hoc subcommittees.


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