Meetings of the Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol

Statutory meeting © UNESCO

The Meeting of the States Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol is a governing body of the 1999 Second Protocol. The Meeting of the States Parties is convened every two years at the same time as the General Conference of UNESCO, and in co-ordination with the Meeting of the High Contracting Parties, if such a meeting has been called by the Director-General.

At the request of at least one-fifth of the States Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol, the Director-General shall convene an Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties.

In accordance with Article 23, the Meeting of the States Parties has the following functions:

  • to elect the Members of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (“the Committee”;
  • to endorse the Guidelines developed by the Committee;
  • to provide guidelines for, and to supervise the use of the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict by the Committee;
  • to consider the report on the implementation of the 1999 Second Protocol submitted by the Committee;
  • to discuss any problem related to the application of the 1999 Second Protocol, and to make recommendations, as appropriate.

In addition to the representatives of the States Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol, the representatives of Member States of UNESCO not parties to this Protocol and permanent observer missions to UNESCO may participate in the work of the Meeting as observers, without the right to vote.

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