Countering Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Objects in South-East Asia: Capacity-Building Guide and Methodologies




United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Digital Library



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This document makes recommendations on developing capacity–building activities to counter illicit trafficking in the South-East Asian region. It can be accessed through the website of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Digital Library.

The publication outlines a comprehensive list of learning domains to be addressed while training personnel on countering illicit trafficking of cultural objects at the sub-regional and national level. This includes raising awareness on the legal and practical measures implemented by international organizations, including the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects by International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).

In addition to this, the e-book compiles teaching methodology, reference documents and resource persons in the form of a standard three-day training session. UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes peace by building collaborations among nations in the areas of education, culture and science.

 Some of the training modules in the document are:

  • Understanding crimes and threats to cultural objects
  • Practical measures and tools developed by international organizations
  • Raising awareness and publicizing cultural heritage loss