50 years of UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property
On 14th November 1970, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, which provides a legal framework for the fight against theft and looting as well as restitution mechanism for stolen objects. In the year of the 50th anniversary of the adoption of this convention, institutions worldwide have engaged in a reflection on the implementation of this convention. For its anniversary, Blue Shield Germany has jointly worked with the Chair of Cultural Management and the Heritage Management Unit of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg in collecting different perspectives from notable members in the cultural heritage field on the successes, failures and challenges of the 1970 convention.
In the framework of the project "Communicating Culture and Heritage: Strategies for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property", students from the Master´s programme World Heritage Studies have worked with the German National Committee of the Blue Shield on the creation of short-interview videos and the development of a social media campaign to raise awareness on the importance of the 1970 Convention and the work that needs to be done to strengthen this convention and its real-life implementation.
This study project further aimed to equip students with an understanding of the importance of communication for the fields of culture and heritage and how social media can be used in supporting other heritage institutions and interacting with fellow organisations and peers.
Starting from the 2nd of November 2020,
the project´s campaign "Tra(ffi)cking culture - Voices on the Implementation of the UNESCO 1970 Convention" will be presented on the Twitter
channel of Blue Shield Germany, leading up to the international
online conference "Cultural
Heritage and Multilateralism: Regional and International Strategies for
Protection of Cultural Heritage", which takes place from 16 - 18
November 2020 on the occasion of the anniversary. Full interviews are
available on the Youtube channel of Blue Shield Germany. More information on the planned festivities of UNESCO on the occasion of the 50th anniversary can be found here.
Tra(ffi)cking Culture - Voices on the Implementation of the UNESCO 1970 Convention
Project coordination: Elisabeth Korinth (Blue Shield Germany) and Nicole Franceschini (Chair of Cultural Management, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg)
Project assistant: Felipe Echeverri (Blue Shield Germany)
Team: Dipannita Banik, Mathilde Bretz, Mary Cain, Tania Contrucci, Idil Gümüs, Meetali Gupta, Tathiana Sánchez, Azad Thapa