Norsk initiativ for å bekjempe handel med kulturgjenstander fra Syria
Utenriksdepartementet og Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning (Niku) inviterte til en internasjonal konferanse om bekjempelse av ulovlig handel med kulturgjenstander fra Syria. Konferansen fant sted i Sofia 16. september og Unescos generaldirektør Irina Bokova er konferansens høye beskytter.
Cultural Heritage Conference in Sofia. The topics of the two-days conference were: “Fighting the looting of Syria’s cultural heritage” - Initiatives to stop illicit antiquities trade financing the Syrian conflict, and “Cultural heritage for economic and social development in Bulgaria” - A resource to stimulate regional economic development and employment for vulnerable groups.
16th September: The illicit trade with antiquities from Syria is among the less well-understood but increasingly important sources of income for the warring parties in Syria. The following organizations have confirmed their participation: UNESCO Director-General Mrs. Irina Bokova, the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior, experts on cultural heritage preservation etc. The conference includes group discussions on the following topics: looting of Syria’s cultural heritage, trafficking and illicit trade, legalization, impact and recovering etc.
17th September: The conference will focus on the potential of cultural heritage to stimulate regional economic development and create jobs for vulnerable groups. Norway’s contribution to reducing economic and social disparities in Europe through funding of programmes for preservation and revitalization of cultural heritage over the EEA and Norway Grants will be presented. Speakers from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), the World Bank, as well as Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture, representatives of Bulgarian local authorities and cultural heritage researchers will take part in the conference.
The conference is organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sofia and the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) under the patronage of UNESCO and in cooperation with the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior, the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus and the “Walk of Truth” organization (the Netherlands).