On 22 March 2012, Palestine deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. This makes Palestine the 122nd State party to the Convention.
Late in 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization when the latter voted to give full membership to the Palestinians. This ratification represents that Palestine wishes to participate fully in the international discussion on the protection of cultural property.
The United States is the 50th signatory to the 1970 Convention and has implemented the convention via the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act.
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Or the UNESCO Announcement