The European External Action Services is organizing an international conference on "The role of the European Union on the Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage in conflict and crisis”, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the signature of the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.
The conference will explore the dynamic relationship between cultural heritage and peace in the 21st Century. The conference will also discuss perspectives on how the European Union could enhance cultural heritage as a component for peace and dialogue, and integrate it in its security strategies, development and peace-building processes.
The conference would gather experts from the European Union and its Member states, international and regional organizations, international foundations, civil society and academic world.
Watch all sessions :
- Opening session
- Session 1 : What role for the European Union
- Session 2 : International Support
- Session 3 : The example of Iraq
- Session 4 : A tool for EU security defense policy
This conference follows up the publication of a new report on "The role of the European Union in the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in conflict and post-conflict contexts in the Middle East region: the example of Iraq" by the European Commission (Directorate of the European External Action Service) and the Think Tank ECDPM (European Centre for Development Policy Management)
Building on the EU’s experience in Iraq as a case-study, this report analyses the main components of a possible EU’s strategic approach to cultural heritage protection and enhancement1 as a tool for conflict prevention, peace building, dialogue and mediation, in the Middle East and beyond.
Find the report in attachment, or download it HERE