Meetings of the High Contracting Parties to the 1954 Hague Convention

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10th Meeting of the High Contracting Parties

UNESCO Headquarters, Room XI, Paris, France, 16 December 2013 - 10h00-13h00

The main purpose of this meeting is to provide an update on activities regarding the implementation of the Hague Convention and its 1954 and 1999 Protocols since the Ninth Meeting of High Contracting Parties (December 2011).
The meeting will also give the opportunity to exchange views on national implementation of these agreements.

Speech of the Chairperson of the Committee (in French)

Working Document

  • Provisional Agenda
    CLT-13/10.HCP/CONF.201/1: EN | FR | ESAR | RUCH

Information Documents

  • Rapport du Secrétariat sur ses activités
    CLT-13/10.COM/CONF.201/INF.2: ENFR
  • UNESCO’s Standard Plan of Action to Protect Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    CLT-13/10.HCP/CONF.201/INF.3: ENFR
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9th Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Hague Convention

UNESCO Headquarters, Room XII, Paris, France, 12 December 2011

The main purpose of this meeting is to provide an update on activities regarding the implementation of the Hague Convention and its 1954 and 1999 Protocols since the eighth Meeting of High Contracting Parties (November 2009).
The meeting also gives the opportunity to exchange views on national implementation of these agreements.

Final Report (Rev.): EN | FR

Recommendations: EN | FR

Working documents

  • Provisional Agenda
    CLT-11-CONF-209-/1: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH

Information document

  • UNESCO’s Standard Plan of Action to Protect Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    CLT-11-CONF-209-INF1: EN | FR

For reference

Registration form

The registration form (English/French) should be returned before 5 November 2011:
by e-mail: SPCOM(at)unesco.org
by fax: +33 (0)1 45 68 55 96
or in hard copy, addressed to: UNESCO – Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Section – 1 rue Miollis - 75732 Paris Cedex 15 – France

For more information

Composition of the Bureau of the meetings of the High Contracting Parties

Contact: Françoise Girard

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8th Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Hague Convention

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 23 November 2009

The main purpose of this meeting was for the Secretariat to provide an update on the implementation at the national level of the Convention and its 1954 Protocol, and for the High Contracting parties to exchange national experiences regarding its implementation.

For more information, please see the Final Report, which also contains a copy of the Recommendations and the Secretariat's presentation : EN | FR | SP | AR

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7th Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Hague Convention

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 20 December 2007

The main purpose of this meeting is to allow for exchange of national experiences related to the implementation of the 1954 Hague Convention and its two 1954 and 1999 Protocols.

  • Final report and recommendation (PDF): EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
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Previous meetings of the High Contracting Parties to the Hague Convention (1962-2005)

 

Sixth Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Hague Convention
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 26 October 2005

Fifth Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Hague Convention UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 5 November 2001

Fourth Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Hague Convention
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 18 November 1999

  • Final report and Resolution (PDF): EN | FR

Third Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Hague Convention UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 13 November 1997

  • Final report and Resolution (PDF): EN | FR

Second Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Hague Convention UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 13 November 1995

  • Final report and Resolution (PDF): EN

First Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Hague Convention  UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 16-25 July 1962

  • Final report and Resolution (PDF): EN | FR

Meetings of the Parties to the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention

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5th Meeting of the Parties to the Second Protocol

UNESCO Headquarters, Room XI, Paris, France, 16 December (15:00-18:00)-17 December 2013

The main purposes of this meeting are:

  • to consider the report by the Chairperson of the Committee to the Meeting;
  • to elect six members of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict;
  • to endorse amendments to the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention;
  • to consider a fundraising strategy for the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict;
  • to consider the report on the implementation of the strategy for encouraging ratifications of the Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention.

Report of the Chairperson of the Committee (in French)

Working Documents

  • Provisional Agenda
    CLT-13/5.SP/CONF.202/1: EN | FR | ES | AR | RUCH
  • Approval of amendments to the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention: Improvement of the Enhanced Protection Request Form
    CLT-13/5.SP/CONF.202/2: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Fundraising strategy for the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    CLT-13/5.SP/CONF.202/3: EN | FR | ESRU | ARCH

Information Documents

  • Rapport du Secrétariat sur ses activités
    CLT-13/5.SP/CONF.202/INF.2: EN | FR
  • Report on the implementation of the strategy for encouraging ratifications of the Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    CLT-13/5.SP/CONF.202/INF.4: EN | FR
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4th Meeting of the Parties to the Second Protocol of 1999 to the Hague Convention

12-13 December 2011, UNESCO Headquarters, Room XII, Paris, France

The main purpose of this Meeting is three-fold:

  • to consider the report by the Chairperson of the Committee to the Meeting;
  • to elect six members of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, in accordance with Article 23.3(a) of the Second Protocol; and,
  • to endorse amendments to the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention.

Final Report: EN | FR

Resolution: EN | FR

Decision: EN | FR

Working Documents

  • Provisional Agenda
    CLT-11/CONF/210/1: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Endorsement of Amendments to the Guidelines for the Implementation of the 2nd Protocol
    CLT-11/CONF/210/2: EN | FR Corr. | ES | RU | AR | CH

Information Documents

  • Strategy for encouraging ratification of the 2nd Protocol
    CLT-11/CONF/210/INF.1: EN | FR
  • Current Members of the Committee: EN | FR
  • Eligibility to the Committee: EN | FR

For reference

Registration form

The registration form (EN/FR) should be returned before 5 November 2011:

  • by e-mail: SPCOM(at)unesco.org
  • by fax: +33 (0)1 45 68 55 96
  • or in hard copy, addressed to: UNESCO – Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Section – 1 rue Miollis - 75732 Paris Cedex 15 – France

Contact: Françoise Girard

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3rd Meeting of the Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol to the Hague Convention

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 23-24 November 2009

The main purposes of this meeting were the endorsement of the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Second Protocol and the adoption of the guidelines concerning the use of the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Further, six members of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict were elected for a four-year term (2013): Argentina, Austria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Romania and Switzerland.

For more information, please see the Final Report, which includes the Resolution of this Meeting, the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Second Protocol, the guidelines concerning the use of the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, and the Financial Regulations of the Fund.

  • Final Report and Recommendation (PDF): EN | FR | SP
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2nd meeting of the Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol to the Hague Convention

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 20 December 12-2007

The main purpose of this meeting is twofold: (i) to elect the six members of the Committee whose mandate expired in 2007; and, (ii) to consider the Draft Guidelines elaborated and adopted by the second meeting of the Committee.  The six Members elected are Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Lithuania, Japan and the Netherlands.

  • Final report and recommendation (PDF): EN | FR | SP | RU | AR | CH

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1st Meeting of the Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol to the Hague Convention

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 26 October 2005 

The essential purpose of the meeting of States party to the Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict consisted in the election of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, composed of Austria; El Salvador; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Peru; Serbia and Montenegro, and Switzerland (elected for a four-year term); and Argentina; Cyprus; Finland;  Greece; the Islamic Republic of Iran; and Lithuania (elected for a two-year term).

This meeting was organized jointly with the sixth meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Hague Convention and both meetings lead to the adoption of a set of recommendations.

For more information:

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

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8th Meeting of the Committee

UNESCO Headquarters, Room XI, Paris, France, 18-19 December 2013

The main purposes of this meeting will be to consider the following items:

  • Studies on the evaluation of criteria of Articles 10 (a) and 10 (b) of the Second Protocol;
  • Progress report on the development of synergies between the Second Protocol and the World Heritage Convention;
  • Report on the use of financial assistance granted to El Salvador from the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict;
  • Report on the use of financial assistance granted to Mali from the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict;
  • Form for the tentative list for cultural property that may be submitted for the granting of enhanced protection;
  • The protection of cultural property in occupied territory;
  • Requests for the granting enhanced protection;
  • National reports on the implementation of the 1999 Second Protocol;
  • Report on the status of the implementation of the fundraising strategy for the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict;
  • Amendments of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee:
    (i) Written submission of questions to be included in the provisional agenda of the Committee and
    (ii) Timing of the election of the Committee’s Bureau;
  • Creation of a distinctive emblem for cultural property under enhanced protection.

Decisions: EN | FR

Working Documents

  • Provisional Agenda
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/1: EN | FR
  • Studies on the evaluation of criteria of Articles 10 (a) and 10 (b) of the Second Protocol
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/2: EN | FR
  • Progress report on the development of synergies between the 1999 Second Protocol and the 1972 World Heritage Convention
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/3: ENFR
  • Report on the use of the financial assistance granted to El Salvador from the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/4: EN | FR
  • Report on the use of financial assistance granted to Mali from the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/5: EN | FR
  • Form for the tentative list for cultural property that may be submitted for the granting of enhanced protection
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/6: EN | FR
  • The protection of cultural property in occupied territory
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/7: EN | FR 
  • Consideration of requests for the granting of enhanced protection
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/8: EN | FR 
  • Consideration of national reports on the implementation of the Second Protocol
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/9: EN 
  • Report on the status of the implementation of the fundraising strategy for the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/10: EN | FR
  • Amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Committee:(i) Written submission of questions to be included in the provisional agenda of the Committee, and (ii) Timing of the election of the Committee’s Bureau
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/11: EN  | FR
  • Creation of a distinctive emblem for cultural property under enhanced protection
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/12: EN | FR
  • Audit of the working methods of Culture Conventions
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/13: EN | FR

Information Document

  • Rapport du Secrétariat sur ses activités
    CLT-13/8.COM/CONF.203/INF.2: EN | FR
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7th Meeting of the Committee

UNESCO Headquarters, Room XI, Paris, France, 20-21 December 2012

The main purposes of this meeting will be to consider:

  • the improvement of the Enhanced Protection Request Form
  • synergies between the Second Protocol and the World Heritage Convention
  • a Fundraising Strategy for the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
  • the report of El Salvador on the Use of the Financial Assistance Granted from the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
  • the Protection of Cultural Property in Occupied Territory

Final ReportEN | FR

Decisions: EN | FR

Recommendations: EN | FR

Working Documents

  • Provisional agenda
    CLT-12/7.COM/CONF.201/1: EN | FR
  • Improvement of the Enhanced Protection Request Form
    CLT-12/7.COM/CONF.201/2: EN | FR
  • Synergies between the Second Protocol and the World Heritage Convention
    CLT-12/7.COM/CONF.201/3: EN | FR
  • Fundraising Strategy for the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    CLT-12/7.COM/CONF.201/4: EN | FR
  • Report of El Salvador on the use of the financial assistance granted from the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    CLT-12/7.COM/CONF.201/5: EN | FR
  • Proposal to Strengthen Synergies between the 1999 Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and the 1972 World Heritage Convention (prepared by Belgium)
    CLT-12/7.COM/CONF.201/6: EN | FR
  • Protection of cultural property in occupied territory (prepared by Azerbaijan)
    CLT-12/7.COM/CONF.201/7: EN | FR
  • Provisional list of participants:
    CLT-12/7.COM/CONF.201/8: EN/FR

Registration form

The registration form (EN/FR) should be returned before 30 November 2012:

  • by e-mail: SPCOM(at)unesco.org
  • by fax: +33 (0)1 45 68 55 96
  • or in hard copy, addressed to: UNESCO – Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Section – 1 rue Miollis - 75732 Paris Cedex 15 – France
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6th Meeting of the Committee

UNESCO Headquarters, Room XII, Paris, France, 14-16 December 2011

The main purpose of this meeting is to consider the following:

  • Requests for enhanced protection;
  • Report on the obligation of the Parties to implement Chapter 4 of the Second Protocol;
  • Proposal concerning the voluntary information exchange of measures for implementing the Second Protocol;
  • Amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Committee; and,
  • Request for financial assistance from the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

Final Report: EN | FR

Decisions: EN | FR

Recommendations: EN | FR

Working documents

  • Provisional agenda of the meeting
    CLT-11/CONF/211/1: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR
  • Requests for enhanced protection
    CLT-11/CONF/211/2: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR
  • Report on the obligation of the Parties to implement Chapter 4 of the Second Protocol
    CLT-11/CONF/211/3: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR
    CLT-11-CONF-211-5 fr adopted
  • Proposal concerning the voluntary information exchange of measures for implementing the Second Protocol
    CLT-11/CONF/211/4: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR
  • Amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Committee
    CLT-11/CONF/211/5: EN | FR | ES | RU | AR
    CLT-11/CONF/211/5 Rev., as amended by the Committee: EN | FR
  • Request for financial assistance from the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    CLT-11/CONF/211/6: EN | FR | ES | RU

Information document

  • Final Report of the Round table discussion of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    CLT-11/CONF.211/INF.1: EN | FR

Registration form

The registration form (EN/FR) should be returned before 14 November 2011:

  • by e-mail: SPCOM(at)unesco.org
  • by fax: +33 (0)1 45 68 55 96
  • or in hard copy, addressed to: UNESCO – Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Section – 1 rue Miollis - 75732 Paris Cedex 15 – France
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5th Meeting of the Committee

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 22-25 November 2010

For the first time, the Committee considers requests for the granting of enhanced protection, a fundamentally new system of protection based on the following three conditions that are set forth in Article 10 of the Second Protocol:

  • It is cultural heritage of the greatest importance of humanity;
  • It is protected by adequate domestic legal and administrative measures ensuring the highest level of protection; and
  • It is not used for military purposes or to shield military sites, and a declaration is issued to this end.

If granted enhanced protection, the property will be registered on the List for Cultural Property under Enhanced Protection.

The Secretariat received requests for enhanced protection for 12 cultural properties, 8 of which are also inscribed on the World Heritage List. All of these requests are detailed in a document prepared by the Secretariat, as indicated below. These requests were considered by two informal meetings of the Bureau of the Committee, which proposed a decision on each request to be considered by the Committee at its fifth meeting.

The main purpose of this meeting is for the Committee to consider the following issues and relevant documents:

  • Provisional Agenda: EN │FR │ES │AR │RU
  • Report of the Bureau to the Committee: ENFRESRUAR
  • Consideration of national reports on the implementation of the Second Protocol: ENFR 
  • Report on the implementation of the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Second Protocol: ENFRESARRU
  • Consideration of requests for enhanced protection: ENFR
  • Consideration of possible synergies between the Second Protocol and other UNESCO instruments and programmes: ENFRESAR
  • Consideration of a proposal concerning a database: ENFRESAR

Final report, recommmendations and decisions: 
EN
 | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH

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Extraordinary Meeting of the Committee

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 2 September 2009

The main purpose of this meeting was to finalize and ensure the coherence of the Draft Guidelines for the Implementation of the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention.

  • Final Report and recommendations: EN | FR | ES | RU
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4th meeting of the Committee

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 27-29 May 2009

The main purpose of this meeting was to further elaborate the Draft Guidelines for the Implementation of the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention and, in particular, to consider Chapter 6 and the Guidelines on the Use of the Fund.

For more information:

  • Final Report and recommendations: ENFR
  • Provisional Agenda: EN | FR | ES
  • Chapter 6 on International Assistance (Draft): EN | FR | ES
  • Annex to Chapter 6 - Forms of assistance and procedural matrix: EN | FR | ES
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Previous meetings of the Committee

3rd Meeting of the Committee
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France,
4-6 June 2008

The third meeting of the Committee (UNESCO Headquarters, 4 – 6 June 2008) resulted in the elaboration of two chapters of the Draft Guidelines for the Implementation of the Second Protocol related to the dissemination of the Second Protocol and monitoring of its implementation.

The Committee decided to postpone considering the third draft chapter on international assistance because further considerations were necessary. As a consequence, the Committee decided that the Bureau pursue its informal work in order to develop further draft chapter on international assistance, including the consideration of the reference to the Fund by the end of January 2009.

The Committee also empowered the Bureau to prepare a plan of action for the next (fourth) meeting of the Committee, identifying and prioritizing actions needed for the international implementation of the Second Protocol.

  • Final report and recommendations (PDF): ENFR | SP | RU | AR | CH

 

2nd meeting of the Committee
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 17-19 December 2007

The main purpose of this meeting is to consider the new version of the Draft Guidelines for the Implementation of the Second Protocol ("the Draft Guidelines") prepared by the Bureau of the Committee together with the Secretariat on the basis of the previous redraft of the Draft Guidelines (Vienna, August 2007) and comments of UNESCO Members States and international organizations concerned expressed both before and during the meeting.

  • Final report and recommendations (PDF): ENFR | SP | RU | AR | CH

 

1st meeting of the Committee
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 26-27 October 2006

This first Committee meeting deals with various issues like the rules of procedure or the implementation of the Second Protocol.

The main purpose of the Committee's first meeting is then:

  • the adoption of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee;
  • the consideration of the draft Guidelines for the implementation of the Second Protocol and its finalization for endorsement by the second meeting of States party to the Second Protocol foreseen for October 2007;
  • the discussion of future work of the Committee.

  • Final report and recommendations (PDF): ENFR | SP | RU | AR | CH

Conferences

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Diplomatic Conference on the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

The Hague, Netherlands, 15-26 March 1999

Downloadable documents (PDF):

 

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Intergovernmental Conference on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

The Hague, Netherlands, 21 April-14 May 1954

Records of the Conference convened by UNESCO

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