Synergies between the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention and the 1972 World Heritage Convention

At its seventh meeting held on 20 and 21 December 2012, the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict decided to develop a number of actions in order to develop synergies between the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention and the 1972 World Heritage Convention.

Thus, the Committee requested the Secretariat to ensure that synergies apply at all levels when assisting Parties with the identification, submission of proposals for enhanced protection, inclusion of cultural property on the List, and protection and safeguarding measures of cultural property both under the 1999 Second Protocol and the World Heritage Convention (Decision 7.COM 3).

The Committee also called on States Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol to apply for the granting of Enhanced Protection for their cultural properties that are already inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Furthermore, it invited the Director-General to:

  • raise the awareness of the World Heritage Committee regarding possible synergies between the 1972 World Heritage Convention and the 1954 Hague Convention  and particularly its 1999 Second Protocol;
  • propose to the World Heritage Committee to consider the concrete proposal detailed above on the modification of the format for the nomination of properties for inscription on the World Heritage List as well as to take into consideration the synergies in the framework of the Periodic Reports (Decision 7.COM 6).
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