Fighting the illicit trafficking of cultural objects requires long-term and multi-sectoral efforts. Under the framework of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, UNESCO works with a diverse range of partners to keep heritage in places where it belongs, to protect rights to access, and to learn from and enjoy these testimonies of ancient civilizations for younger generations.
The regional-office in Bangkok has created a Capacity-building Guide and Methodologies countering illicit trafficking of cultural objects in South-East Asia. This publication provides suggestions on how capacity-building activities can be carried out at sub-regional and national levels. It contains modules on various topics related to the issue of fighting illicit trafficking, aiming to help UNESCO Field Offices, National Commissions for UNESCO, concerned Ministries and other interested entities to develop training programmes and workshops that are rich in content and effective in methodology.