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UNESCO and the question of the restitution of cultural property

The session on ‘Looted art: taking African cultural heritage restitution forward’ that took place during the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum, came at a critical moment, because it highlighted how the restitution of works of art can promote new, stronger relationships between countries. It also echoed the mission of UNESCO – to promote peace and development through culture, education, science and communication – which is unique in the UN system.

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Cultural property must be safeguarded, as it embodies the identity and diversity of the peoples of the world.

UNESCO, as an international organization, is convinced that the debate around the restitution of cultural property is multifaceted and goes beyond the legal framework.

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