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Training on cultural heritage in Panama

Panama, June 4, 2021. The Container Control Program of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) offered a virtual training on cultural heritage addressed to 32 officials from the National Customs Authority, the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Maritime Authority of Panama.

At the opening event, Melissa Flynn, Deputy Regional Representative of UNODC, thanked the government of the United States of America for its confidence in UNODC and the work carried out by the Container Control program.

"The cultural heritage training offered by the Container Control Program will strengthen the capacities of the inter-agency CPC Units in Panama and will promote collaboration and dialogue among security institutions," said Flynn.

She added that this seminar, "with highly qualified trainers carefully selected by WCO colleagues, will favor the individual work of the agencies and promote the exchange of information".

Some of the topics covered during the training were: the international legal framework and the role of the WCO in preventing illicit trafficking of cultural heritage.