UNESCO and New Zealand – Cooperation in the Protection of Cultural Heritage in the Event of Armed Conflict

New Zealand accedes to the two Protocols to the 1954 Hague Convention

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

On  17 October 2013, the New Zealand Minister of Culture, the Honorable Christopher Finlayson, deposited with UNESCO an instrument of accession to the 1954 and 1999 Protocols to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. New Zealand acceded to the Hague Convention on 24 July 2008.

On this occasion, Mr Finlayson announced that New Zealand would contribute NZ $10,000 (approximately US $8,300) to the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict established by the Second Protocol, thus increasing the capacity of the Fund to provide international and other types of assistance.  The Fund has provided financial assistance in the amounts of US $23,500 and US $40,500 to El Salvador and Mali, respectively, for safeguarding activities, including the marking of cultural property with the emblem of the Hague Convention and emergency measures.

To date, the Hague Convention has been ratified or acceded to by 126 States Parties, and the 1954 and 1999 Protocols have been ratified or acceded to by 102 and 64 States Parties, respectively. 

UNESCO is confident that New Zealand’s accession to the two Protocols will reinforce the protection of cultural property in the Pacific region.

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