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International Online Conference “Cultural Heritage and Multilateralism: Regional and International Strategies for the Protection of Cultural Heritage” (16-18/11/2020)

Editeur 2 • 11 November 2020

In an interconnected world, challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, transnational crime or regional conflicts call for strong multilateral answers and actions. These challenges affect cultural heritage worldwide. They can only be met through multilateral cooperation and require international solidarity. At the same time, culture and cultural heritage are important assets for multilateralism in the 21st century. Therefore culture deserves an adequate forum.

In November 2020, Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, the German Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property coincide. This offers a fitting opportunity to discuss the protection of cultural heritage within a broad range of multilateral partners. With the conference “Cultural Heritage and Multilateralism: Regional and International Strategies for the Protection of Cultural Heritage”, the German Federal Foreign Office would like to give the floor to all relevant partners and their exchange of views on the value of multilateralism for the protection of cultural heritage.

Organised by the German Federal Foreign Office, and in partnership with UNESCO, the European Commission and the Council of Europe, the conference will explore Synergies and global challenges: The protection of cultural heritage on the regional and multilateral level. The conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1970 UNESCO Convention. Between Monday, 16 November 2020, 13.00 (CET) and Wednesday, 18 November, 17.00 (CET), representatives of international organisations and experts from academia, the political sphere and civil society organisations will discuss mechanisms against trafficking in cultural property, as well as sustainable development and heritage protection, or its risk management.
The conference will be held in English and French; simultaneous interpretation will be provided.


Further information, including the regularly updated programme, can be found on the conference website: The website will also host the livestream of the con-ference.