logo CELACThe Heads of State and Governments of Latin America and the Caribbean, gathered in Costa Rica, for the Third Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), taking place on January 28 and 29th, 2015;

Convinced that the material cultural heritage of our nations constitutes a fundamental pillar of identity and historical roots of our peoples;

Aware that important samples of our material cultural heritage have being illicitly removed our territories;


1. Invite interested countries in our region to contribute to the creation of a voluntary registry, starting from the approval of this Special Declaration, regarding the main material cultural heritage of our community that has being subtracted and might be in third countries, which possession constitutes an impoverishment of the cultural heritage of our people and their identity.

2. Invite governments of countries with cultural heritage assets of our nations to promote appropriate measures to manage and restore, on request of the State of origin, all cultural asset subtracted illicitly considering the pertinent international instruments.

3. Request the Ministers of Culture of CELAC to discuss the scope of the definition of “cultural property” and the establishment of a regional strategy on the subject of this Special Declaration in its next sectorial meeting.

Belén, Costa Rica, January 29th, 2015

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