Under Secretary Richard Stengel Travel to Paris

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 29, 2015


Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to Paris, France from June 1 – June 3. He will be accompanied by Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan.

A principal focus of their meetings in Paris will be discussions with international partners on the trafficking of looted antiquities. While in Paris, they will meet at UNESCO with Director-General Irina Bokova and participate in a roundtable with stakeholders to discuss measures that the international community can take to cut off trafficking in antiquities, especially from Iraq and Syria.

Later, they participate in a press conference hosted by the International Council of Museums at the Louvre to announce the release of an updated Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk, funded by the State Department. The Red List is designed to promote greater awareness for global law enforcement officials and for members of the trade and collecting communities about the types of objects subject to looting and trafficking. The Red List serves as an important tool in the recovery and return of archaeological objects to their country of origin.

While in Paris, Under Secretary Stengel will meet with senior Coalition partners engaged in the Global Counter-ISIL Coalition working group on communications. He will also participate in the June 2 Paris Counter-ISIL Coalition Small Group Ministerial meeting with Secretary Kerry.

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