UNESCO invites its Member States to submit their national legislation together with all information relevant to the protection of the cultural heritage for reproduction in the UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws.
All details concerning the submission of this information (scope of laws, format for submission, languages, authorizations and responsibility, etc.) are expressly set forth in Annex II to the Director-Generalís Circular-Letter 3694 dated 19 December 2003.
To ensure that your legislation appears in the database, thus giving it maximum visibility and accessibility through our website, we would be grateful if you could provide UNESCO with:
Each State should provide UNESCO with the most up-to-date version of its laws in force, and, in the event of changes to the law, immediately provide UNESCO with the new version that is to replace the previous one in the database.
All such information should be submitted in electronic format using the Submission Form to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Laws Database. For your convenience, a Guide to using this form is available here.
Member Statesí efforts to provide UNESCO with their legislation and keep it updated are greatly appreciated. It goes without saying that the more complete and current the legislation you can provide, the more effective will be their contribution to the protection of the cultural heritage and the fight against trafficking in cultural property.
Requests for further information can be made:
UNESCO also welcomes any voluntary financial contributions for the maintenance and enhancement of the UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws.