TitleReturn or restitution of cultural property to the countries of origin : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly.
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Recommends that Member States adopt or strengthen the necessary protective legislation with regard to their own heritage and that of other peoples; requests Member States to study the possibility of including in permits for excavations a clause requiring archaeologists and palaeontologists to provide the national authorities with photographic documentation of each object brought to light during the excavations immediately after its discovery; invites Member States to continue drawing up, in co-operation with Unesco, systematic inventories of cultural property existing in their territory and of their cultural property abroad; recommends that Member States should ensure that inventories of museum collections include not only the items on display but also those in storage, and that they comprise all necessary documentation, particularly photographs of each item; appeals to Member States to co-operate closely with the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin of its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation and to conclude bilateral agreements for this purpose; invites Member States to sign and ratify the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.
Adopted at the 45th plenary meeting, 6 Nov. 1989. In: Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly during its 44th session, Volume 1, 19 September-29 December 1989. - A/44/49. - 1990. - p. 27-28. - (GAOR, 44th sess., Suppl. no. 49).