07.11.2017 - Culture Sector

Statutory Meetings of the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, 27-30 November 2017

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On 27 through 30 November 2017, the Secretariat in Paris will host the statutory meetings for the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two 1954 and 1999 Protocols. Over the course of four days, the 12th Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the 1954 Hague Convention, the 7th Meeting of the Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol and the 12th 1999 Second Protocol Committee will all take place.

12th Meeting of the High Contracting Parties of the 1954 Hague Convention

The Meeting of the High Contracting Parties is the governing body of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two (1954 and 1999) Protocols, where all 129 States Parties to the Convention are invited to attend, alongside representatives of UNESCO Member States not yet parties to the convention and permanent observer missions to UNESCO who may also participate in the work of the meeting without the right to vote.  On 27 November a.m., States Parties will receive reports on the activities of the Secretariat, elect States Parties to the Bureau, and vote on the adoption of Resolutions from the previous Meeting of the High Contracting Parties. States Parties will also have the opportunity to discuss and debate national experiences and best practices within the framework of the 1954 Hague Convention.

7th Meeting of the Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol

The 27 p.m. and 28 November will see the convening of the 7th Meeting of the Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention. To be attended by States Parties to the Second Protocol, the meeting will select six Member States for election to the 1999 Second Protocol Committee from amongst Armenia, Cambodia, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg and Nigeria who all have presented candidatures.  States Parties present at the Meeting will also discuss aspects related specifically to the 1999 Second Protocol including the procedure of granting Enhanced Protection and the granting of assistance from the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The Parties will also receive a report from the Chairperson of the Committee and a report on how to encourage States not yet party to ratify the 1999 Second Protocol.

12th Meeting of the 1999 Second Protocol Committee

The final statutory meeting of 2017, taking place over the course of the 29 and 30 November is the 12th Meeting of the 12th Meeting of the 1999 Second Protocol Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. It is comprised of twelve Member States, six of whom will begin a new four year mandate following the elections that will take place in the preceding Meeting of the Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol. The Committee meets annually, unless a situation necessitates its convening in an extra-ordinary session. The Committee is responsible for the granting of Enhanced Protection under the Second Protocol, and will this year consider the request from the Kingdom of Cambodia to inscribe the site of Angkor Wat. The Committee will also consider a report on the International assistance granted to Libya and Mali in 2017 and other business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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