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#CultureUnderThreat

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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Unprecedented Forum Unites Global Government Leaders with Archaeology, Art, Museum Communities in Fight Against “Cultural Cleansing”

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Egypt warns of terrorist groups’ threats to antiquities around the world

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Egypt FM warns of suicide groups threats to antiquities

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By | September 25th, 2015|

Jordanian FM takes part in Int’l meeting to save Mideast’s antiquities from terrorism

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Antiquities Still at Risk, Experts Warn

Antiquities Still at Risk, Experts Warn By RICK GLADSTONE SEPT. 24, 2015 The pillaging of antiquities by Islamic State militants is thriving in Syria and Iraq despite efforts to counter it, Middle East officials and archaeological [...]

By | September 24th, 2015|