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HM Customs and Gib University in first ‘high level’ enforcement meeting

Senior representatives of international organisations - UNESCO, Interpol and UNIDROIT HA - held the first local meeting of an international co-operation against the illicit trafficking of cultural property in Gibraltar yesterday. This follows the establishment of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development [UNCTAD] Centre of Excellence.

The two day ‘High-level Enforcement Meeting’ deals with ‘Integrated solutions for protection of national cultural heritage’ is being held at the University of Gibraltar.

The project that includes both local and international representatives was kick started by Collector of Customs John Rodriguez.

The meetings aim to improve the protection of heritage as many Middle Eastern war torn countries have discovered cultural artefacts stolen and even posted for sale on auction websites such as eBay.

Locally Customs aim to learn more and put into practice any measures on how to prevent the smuggling of cultural objects through Gibraltar.


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