CONVENING WITH PURPOSE

HOW WE ARE MAKING AN IMPACT   •   GLOBAL CONVENINGS

We convene stakeholders with purpose, fostering cultural diplomacy and international dialogue at the highest levels.

Strong political will is needed to advance a coordinated effort in the global fight against cultural crimes. Past efforts to combat the illicit antiquities trade and related crimes dealt almost exclusively with cultural ministries. But taking down an illegal industry is very different from excavating an archaeological site, preserving an historic building, or conserving an artifact. We partner with the State Department, ministries of foreign affairs, the United Nations, and the defense, intelligence, and law enforcement communities in recognition of the seriousness of the threat. We convene stakeholders with purpose, to build political will at the highest levels.

HOW WE ARE MAKING AN IMPACT

 

  • From Egypt and Jordan to the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York City, we have repeatedly convened world leaders from key nations to shut down terrorist financing from cultural racketeering, strengthening international cooperation with concrete results.

 

  • Through the Cairo Declaration and Amman Communiqué, 17 Middle East and North African countries incorporated the fight against cultural racketeering into their campaigns against violent extremism, and committed their governments to other ongoing steps.

 

  • Since our founding, the UN Security Council, G20, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and even the Pope have called for action—reflecting unprecedented momentum to combat crimes against culture.

GLOBAL CONVENINGS

Convening stakeholders around the world, from the United States to North Africa, the Middle East, and onward to Asia.


2021 Virtual Convening: Strengthening Bilateral Ties to Fight Against the Illicit Trade in Cultural Property
2021 Virtual Convening: Digitization and Cultural Preservation in the Maghreb Region
2019 Washington DC Expert Panel: Yemen's Heritage Under Threat
2016 New York Forum: #CultureUnderThreat
2016 Amman Regional Conference: #CultureUnderThreat
2016 Washington DC Roundtables: MENA Embassies
2015 New York Forum: #CultureUnderThreat
2015 Cairo Regional Conference: #CultureUnderThreat
2014 Washington DC Roundtable: Cultural Racketeering, A Global Crisis
2014 New York Roundtable: Cultural Racketeering in Cambodia
2014 Washington DC Roundtable: Egyptian Culture Under Threat