Launch of ICOM’s International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods
ICOM’s International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods officially launched its website during the 128th session of the ICOM Executive Council held in Paris, France, on 4 and 5 April, 2014. Following ICOM’s longstanding involvement in the fight against illicit traffic in cultural property, the Observatory aims to create a permanent international cooperative platform and network between international organisations, law enforcement agencies, research institutions and other external expert stakeholders. The recently published website is the core of the project, acting as a databank for all information related to illicit trafficking of cultural goods. It will centralise and disseminate various resources and instruments relating to illicit traffic in cultural goods, providing important tools to ﬁght it.
Now available to the public at http://obs-traffic.museum, this website marks an important stage in the initial triennial phase of the Observatory project, which began in January 2013 under ICOM’s initiative. The project is financially supported by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Home Affairs. In 2015 a triennial Global Report will be published, presenting a range of case studies, statistics, analyses and reference articles from the website.