UNESCO is holding a summit with experts from around the art world to work out how to stop the illegal trade in antiquities. Artworks and artefacts are often smuggled out by unscrupulous dealers from countries torn apart by war.  According to UNESCO, illicit trafficking in a nations cultural heritage is a lucrative global scourge, affecting [...]
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Participants at the CPP Expertise Exchange © Joint Task Force Bravo Public Affairs Office From 22 - 27 August 2021, Dr Michael Delacruz, representing Blue Shield International (BSI), supported Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-B) of US Southern Command in conducting a Cultural Heritage Protection (CHP) Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) in conjunction with the Instituto [...]
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Participants at the OSCE training in Greece 2021 ©OSCE/MPSOTC The easing of travel restrictions has finally made it possible to participate in person in training courses, seminars and other CPP events again. This welcome move meant that Professor Peter Stone, President of Blue Shield International and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace at [...]
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  Expert and Stakeholder Meeting: Cultural Property Protection: Global Capacity and Financing Download the Report: CHAC_BSI_Stakeholder_Meeting_2021 Cultural Property Protection (CPP) enjoys increasing focus as a part of the broader peace and security agenda. As concerns about cultural property (CP) recently started to migrate from the cultural sector to the defence and development sectors, aid planners [...]
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Beirut Explosion, One Year On Blue Shield supporting partners in Lebanon The training team and participants for UNIFIL CPP training, July 2021. © UNIFIL Immediately following the horrendous explosion at the port in Beirut on 4 August last year, the Blue Shield supported the Lebanese NGO Biladi to raise funds to help identify immediate security [...]
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Protecting Greek Cultural Heritage: From the 1821 Revolution to modern Greece On the 19th April 2021, the Hellenic Committee of the Blue Shield, in collaboration with ICOMOS Hellenic National Committee and ICOM Hellenic National Committee, held an online conference to celebrate 200 years since the Greek War of Independence. The conference aimed to highlight the [...]
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On 16 April 2021, a diverse group of experts, including practicing attorneys, law professors and scholars, archaeologists, and other professionals with extensive expertise and experience in cultural heritage law, ICL and IHL submitted comments to the ICC Office of the Prosecutor’s Draft Policy on Cultural Heritage. In summary, the Comments emphasized the importance of the [...]
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Blue Shield International is delighted to welcome Dr Michael Delacruz to join the Secretariat. Michael is a visual arts researcher and classical archaeologist currently exploring the potential of classical narratives, reinterpreted in visual or multimedia terms, to address the social and individual costs of armed conflict and hegemonic expansionism. From 2016 and 2018, he curated [...]
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BSI: Looking back over 2020 and forward to this year’s 25th anniversary For Blue Shield International (BSI), 2020 was a hugely challenging year, as indeed it was for the whole world. But, despite having to work largely online rather than face to face, most of Blue Shield’s projects went ahead, and much was achieved. Photo: [...]
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