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Illicit trade in cultural artefacts

Stronger together: How can the Nordics join forces to stop the illegal import and export of cultural objects?

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This publication is a report from the Nordic expert conference “Illicit trade in cultural artefacts. Stronger together: How can the Nordics join forces to stop the illegal import and export of cultural objects?” which was held in Oslo, 2 to 3 December 2015, following an initiative of the Nordic Ministers of Culture. The objective of the conference was to explore the potential for a closer Nordic collaboration in order to better meet the states' obligations under international cultural conventions and the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2199 on measures to prevent financing of extremist groups and their activities. A number of knowledgeable speakers shared their insights into current global challenges as regards cultural heritage protection. A particular concern is the ongoing looting in war-torn areas in the Middle East. The conference resulted in 13 joint follow-up recommendations.

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Introduction

As part of their follow-up of the UN Security Council’s resolution 2199, the Nordic ministers of culture at their meeting in May 2015 decided to hold a joint Nordic expert conference with a view to exploring the potential for a wider Nordic cooperation on action against illicit trade. The conference was organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and held 2 and 3 December 2015 in Oslo, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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