On September 24, 2015 the Antiquities Coalition in cooperation with the Asia Society, Middle East Institute, and UNESCO hosted the #CultureUnderThreat Forum at the Asia Society headquarters in New York. The forum titled: “Culture Under Threat: The Security, Economic, and Cultural Impact of Antiquities Trafficking and Terrorist Financing,” brought together Foreign Ministers from Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Australia and other senior government officials from around the world along with leaders of arts institutions, archaeological associations, and experts in terrorism. The forum was held to address solutions to combatting the looting and trafficking of antiquities, and halt a major source of funding for terrorism.

The coordinated appeal from government leaders and experts resulted in the issuing of a Call to Action to combat looting and protect culture under threat. The forum builds on the May 2015 Cairo Declaration, signed by Ministers from ten Middle East and North African countries, that outlined a regional strategy to combat the trafficking of looted antiquities and its links to terrorist financing.

Watch the #CultureUnderThreat Video Series

The Antiquities Coalition is launching its second videos series on the 2015 New York Forum, #CultureUnderThreat. This series features international experts offering solutions to and analysis of cultural racketeering and the connections to terrorist financing. The interviews were conducted during the New York Forum on September 24, 2015 in New York City.

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Protecting Universal Human Heritage: H.E. Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s Interview with the Antiquities Coalition

His Excellency Ibrahim al-Eshaiqr al-Jaafari, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Prime Minister, Republic of Iraq gave a stirring presentation at the New York Forum on September 24, 2015, and spoke directly to [...]

By | December 9th, 2015|

Importance of Collaboration: Bonnie Burnham’s Interview for the Antiquities Coalition

Bonnie Burnham, Senior Advisor to and President Emerita of the World Monuments Fund, spoke to the Antiquities Coalition during the New York Forum on September 24, 2015. In this video, Burnham stresses that collaboration [...]

By | December 4th, 2015|

Policing Borders and Protecting Artifacts: James Cuno’s Interview for the Antiquities Coalition

James Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, which operates such programs as the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute, gave an interview to the [...]

By | November 17th, 2015|

“Restoring Trust, Curbing Illicit Trade, and Improving Transparency in the Global Art Industry” – An ARIS event

On November 3, Antiquities Coalition Executive Director Tess Davis joined Restoring Trust, Curbing Illicit Trade, and Improving Transparency in the Global Art Industry, a briefing and discussion in Washington, DC, hosted by ARIS Title Insurance. ARIS provides art [...]

By | November 16th, 2015|

Lessons from the Past: H.E. Chan Tani Speaks in the New York Forum Video Series

His Excellency Chan Tani, Secretary of State, Council of Ministers, Royal Government of Cambodia spoke to the Antiquities Coalition during the September 24 “Culture Under Threat: Antiquities Trafficking and Terrorist Financing” forum in New [...]

By | November 16th, 2015|

#CultureUnderThreat: Antiquities Trafficking and Terrorist Financing

New Video Series Kicks off with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKoeecuR2MA The Antiquities Coalition is proud to continue bringing you insights from global leaders in the fight against cultural racketeering with the launch of [...]

By | November 2nd, 2015|