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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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With Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Australia, Director-General Calls for Joint Action to Protect Cultural Heritage

With Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Australia, Director-General Calls for Joint Action to Protect Cultural Heritage 24.09.2015 - ODG © UNESCO/Bob Krasner-UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, speaking at a high-level conference on the destruction of cultural [...]

By | September 24th, 2015|

For Immediate Release: Forum on Terrorist Financing to Address Illicit Sales of Antiquities in U.S. and Internationally

Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:30-11:30 AM Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, New York, NY The Antiquities Coalition, the Middle East Institute, Asia Society, and UNESCO will cohost a high level forum in New York City [...]

By | September 24th, 2015|

Culture Under Threat: the Fight to Save the Middle East’s Antiquities from Terrorism

Culture Under Threat: the Fight to Save the Middle East’s Antiquities from Terrorism BY JACK MARTINEZ 9/24/15 AT 5:18 PM A general view shows the historical city of Palmyra, Syria, August 5, 2010. In August, [...]

By | September 24th, 2015|

UNESCO at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly and the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNESCO at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly and the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda 21.09.2015 - ODG © UNESCO/Ania FreindorfIrina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO From 22 to 30 September, [...]

By | September 21st, 2015|

The Asia Society Announces September Summit with the Antiquities Coalition to Tackle Cultural Racketeering

Press Release from the Asia Society NEW YORK, August 4, 2015 — Asia Society is pleased to join UNESCO, the Antiquities Coalition and the Middle East Institute in a special high-level forum in New York City [...]

By | August 5th, 2015|