Synergies between the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention and Cultural Conventions

Development of synergies between the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two (1954 and 1999) Protocols with other UNESCO Cultural Conventions and programmes is at the heart of the debates of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (“the Committee”).

Synergies mean mutual reinforcement. At a time where cultural challenges are interconnected, a separated approach is not conceivable. With that in mind, Decision 9.COM 7 of the Committee constitutes a unique precedent: by inviting the UNESCO Director-General to organise, at least once a year, consultation meetings of the Chairpersons of the Statutory Bodies established by Cultural Conventions, a holistic approach is promoted.

In the framework of the 1954 Hague Convention and its two Protocols, the main encouraged synergies include 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.

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