Italy committed to safeguard humankind’s heritage, one artifact at a time logo

It’s up there with drug and weapons smuggling. The theft and trafficking of priceless archeological relics from Italy and other custodian countries of world history is a global billion dollar problem. That is what drew government officials, law enforcers, art experts and scholars to the Italian embassy in Washington, D.C. last week.

The event, which was organized by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Washington, D.C., recognizes the Italy-U.S. memorandum of understanding (MOU) that is responsible for 15 years of heritage protection and cultural cooperation. This important agreement not only continues a legal means to fight art trafficking, but also offers a unique framework in which to strengthen cultural cooperation through academic, scientific and educational initiatives.

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