Overview on recent UNESCO-activities in regard to protection and rehabilitation of cultural heritage in Iraq.
22-23 June 2004: The Second Plenary Session of the International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage of Iraq took place at UNESCO Headquarters, in the presence of the Iraqi Minister of Culture and the Iraqi Minister of State for Tourism and Antiquities. It was followed by a Special Session on the archaeological site of Babylon (24 June).
18-19 May 2005: The first meeting of the ICC Sub-Committee for Libraries and Archives took place in Amman.
22 February 2005: UNESCO participated in the second meeting of the Interpol Expert Group (IEG) on Stolen Cultural Property at Interpol Headquarters, Lyon.
4 February 2005: UNESCO contirbuted to the information session for the Latvian military troops leaving to Iraq (Military Camp of Babylon), organized by the Ministry of ,Defense of Latvia and the Museum of Foreign Art, in order to raise awareness on the importance of Iraqi cultural heritage, its specificity and the damages which may occur for military operations.2004
October 2004: Dr Saad Eskander, Director-General of the National Library and Archives of Iraq and Mr Mohsen, Director-General of the National Center for Manuscripts in Baghdad visit UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. more
11-13 October 2004: Visit of the Minister of Higher Education of Iraq. Discussion of review of university curiccula in regard to cultural heritage management and conservation issues.
26-30 September 2004: The Jordanian Department of Antiquities (DOA) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in cooperation with the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) and UNESCO organize a workshop in Amman on Cultural Heritage and Museum Management in Iraq.
1-2 June 2004: UNESCOís Cultural Heritage Division participates in the Regional Meeting to Fight Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property Stolen from Iraq organized by Interpol at Amman, Jordan. Minutes and final recommendations of the meeting can be downloaded from Interpolís website.
24-25 May 2004: The First Plenary Session of the International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage of Iraq takes place at UNESCO Headquarters, in the presence of the Minister of Culture of Iraq.
25-26 May 2004: Donor Committee Meeting of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq, at Doha.
3 May 2004: Panel of ICOM experts at UNESCO Headquarters to oversee the preparation of the UNESCO-Interpol database for Iraqi stolen cultural property, before the achievement of the software completion.
April 2004: A second joint UNESCO-Interpol action is launched in Doha to seize Iraqi artefacts illicitly exported from Iraq.
March 2004: A joint UNESCO- Interpol action seizes 19 archaeological objects in Dubai, presumably originating from Iraq. These objects include 5 small statues and 14 cuneiform tablets.
17 February 2004: UNESCO participates in the meeting of the Interpol Expert Group (IEG) on Stolen Culture Property, at Interpol Headquarters, Lyon, in order to strengthen international cooperation in the fight against illicit traffic of Iraqi cultural property.
February 2004: Donor Committee Meeting of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq, at Abu Dhabi.
23-24 October 2003: International Donors Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq at Madrid.
21-24 September 2003: UNESCO participates in the working meeting of the UNDG/WB drafting group for the finalization of the Iraq Needs Assessment in Dubai. This is in view of preparing the agenda of the UNDG/WB donors meeting.
24 September 2003: The UNESCO Executive Board at its 167th session approves the establishment of an International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Iraqi Cultural Heritage (ICC).
August 2003: UNESCO launches two fund-raising campaigns: one addressed to the private industries, foundations, institutions around the world and one specifically targeting private donors in Switzerland.
31 July-2 August 2003: A third UNESCO expert meeting on the Safeguarding of Iraqi cultural heritage takes place in Tokyo.
16 July 2003: UNESCO organizes a coordination meeting of all its member states at Paris.
July 2003: In view of the opening of a UNESCO Office in Iraq, a liaison expert in Baghdad is appointed by the UNESCO Director-General.
28 June to 6 July 2003: A second UNESCO expert mission visits Iraq.
15 to 20 May 2003: A first UNESCO expert mission under UNESCO coordination visits Baghdad.
5 to 6 May 2003: UNESCO is invited to co-chair a meeting held at Interpol's Headquarters in Lyon. The meeting, attended by about seventy experts, antiquities dealers, representatives of museums and customs agents, results in the agreement to set-up a database of Iraqi stolen cultural properties.
22 April 2003: UNESCO establishes contacts with ORHA in Iraq in order to work out the details of the proposed UNESCO mission.
29 April 2003: Second expert meeting on Iraqi cultural heritage jointly organized by the British Museum and UNESCO at London.
17 April 2003: UNESCOís Director-General convenes the first meeting of high-level international experts on the cultural heritage of Iraq.
16 April 2003: The matter of a UNESCO fact-finding mission to Iraq is discussed by UNESCOís Director-General Mr KoichÔro Matsuura and the US Envoy Ms Bonnie Magness-Gardiner.
14 April 2003: UNESCO sends official letters to the Ministries of Culture of countries neighbouring Iraq (namely Kuwait, Turkey, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Jordan) as well as to the American and British authorities in order to request assistance to ensure surveillance of heritage sites and historic buildings to prevent further looting.
11 March 2003: The Directory of Museums in Iraq compiled by ICOM in 1995 is being transmitted to the US State Department. At the request of the US Observer to UNESCO, information is provided on UNESCO's mechanisms of protection in regard to objects in museums and archives.
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