September 22, 2021. Athens, Greece: The United States and Greece signed a bilateral cultural property agreement extending existing import restrictions for Greek cultural property and expanding the terms of the agreement to include additional categories of ecclesiastical ethnological material.
The Cultural Property Advisory Committee will meet October 5,6, and 8, 2021, to review the proposed extensions of the cultural property agreement with the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the cultural property agreement with the Government of Peru.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and Meridian International Center, a national program agency, hosted an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) virtual salon series titled, “Effective Volunteer Engagement during Uncertain Times.”
This summer, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors (OIV) initiated a virtual International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project which explored racial and social disparities, probing America’s complicated history, current social justice movements, and the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color.
In 2020, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors launched IVLP Virtual, the newest addition to the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
Cultural property, art, and antiquities are vulnerable to looting, theft, and trafficking by criminal and terrorist groups around the world.