1999 Second Protocol Committee

Jam Minaret, Afghanistan © Margottini/UNESCO

The Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (“the Committee”) is established by the 1999 Second Protocol. It is composed of twelve States Parties elected for four years, which are eligible for immediate re-election only once. Half of its members are renewed every two years at the Meeting of the Parties to the Second Protocol. The Bureau of the Committee is renewed each year and its members are eligible for re-election only once in the same function. 

An equitable representation of the different regions and cultures of the world are taken into account during the election of the members of the Committee.

The Committee meets once a year in ordinary session and in extra-ordinary sessions whenever it deems necessary.

In accordance with Article 27 of the 1999 Second Protocol, the Committee has the following functions:

  • to develop Guidelines for the Implementation of the 1999 Second Protocol;
  • to grant, suspend or cancel enhanced protection for cultural property and to establish, maintain and promote the List of Cultural Property under Enhanced Protection;
  • to monitor and supervise the implementation of the 1999 Second Protocol and promote the identification of cultural property under enhanced protection;
  • to consider and comment on reports of the States Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol, to seek clarifications as required, and prepare its own report on the implementation of the 1999 Second Protocol for the Meeting of its Parties;
  • to receive and consider requests for international assistance;
  • to determine the use of the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict;
  • to perform any other function which may be assigned to it by the Meeting of the Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol.

Meetings of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 

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