Within the framework of the celebrations for Italy’s 60 years as a member of the United Nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Seconda Università degli Studi of Naples join the UNIDROIT Institute and the SIOI in organising a conference on the UNIDROIT Convention on stolen or illegally exported cultural treasures, twenty years on from its adoption.
The event highlights the role the UNIDROIT Convention has played since 1995 and aims to assess its global contribution to peacekeeping and peace-building processes, with a focus on the Mediterranean and Middle East.
The conference has the goal of demonstrating how international legislation on cultural treasures is one of the instruments for strengthening internal cohesion through maintenance of national cultural heritage aimed at ensuring greater stability in especially critical geographical areas.
Italy, consistently the forefront in the international defence of historic, artistic and cultural treasures following the recent and repeated attacks against the cultural patrimony of Iraq, Libya and Syria, presented the ruling on the role of culture in crisis areas adopted on 21 April 2015 to the UNESCO Executive Council.
Attending the conference will be experts on international law, archaeology and cultural treasures, as well as representatives of Italian and international bodies involved in the preservation of the heritage of all of humanity for future generations.