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Unesco International Framework For The Protection Of The Cultural Heritage

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Of all the organizations of or connected to the United Nations, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is the one mandated to deal with preservation of the cultural heritage. UNESCO's response to issues generated by colonialism has been much more tortuous. Despite pleas for a convention to regulate the return of objects taken during colonial times, the holding states have never agreed to this demand. UNESCO has persistently responded to the problem of damage to the cultural heritage from improper handling by working to exclude from commerce any objects that have been illicitly trafficked. However, the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2003, and the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, 2005, seem more truly to respond to the desire of certain states who wish to popularize a particular view of heritage.

Keywords: colonialism; commerce; cultural heritage; UNESCO



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