25.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

Protecting cultural property during armed conflicts

UNESCO-Beirut Office organized a seminar for the Lebanese Army on the Implementation of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two (1954 and 1999) Protocols. The Seminar was under the patronage of the Chief of Army, General Jean Kahwaji, with an overall objective to raise awareness among Lebanese Army Officers of different aspects of the 1954 Hague Convention and its two Protocols, and to encourage the Lebanese authorities to become party to the 1999 Second Protocol.

Some 30 high level officers from the Lebanese Army, INTERPOL and UNIFIL, participated in the seminar that was conducted by 5 International experts.

The seminar included five thematic sessions:

1) Introduction into the Hague Convention and its two Protocols and examples of the Secretariat’s activities regarding the implementation of those agreements.

2) Specific examples of UNESCO’s activities regarding the Arab region.

3) Military aspects of the implementation of the Hague Convention and its two Protocols.

4)  Measures of respect relating to the Hague Convention and its two Protocols.

5) Penal aspects of the Hague Convention and its two Protocols.  

The seminar was held at the Coral beach hotel, from 17 -19 June 2013.  




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