07.07.2014 - Culture Sector

UNESCO to hold workshop on underwater cultural heritage at the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States

Apia, Samoa, 29 August 2014

On 29 August 2014, as a component of the pre-conference events of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, UNESCO will hold a workshop on underwater cultural heritage and the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. 

This conference, which will be held from 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Independent State of Samoa, is intended to highlight the many challenges and opportunities currently facing Small Island Developing States, particularly as pertains to sustainable development. In light of this goal, the workshop focusing on underwater cultural heritage is intended to highlight both the challenges and opportunities presented by the submerged cultural heritage of such states. The protection of underwater cultural heritage is of particular importance to small island developing states due to the close ties between the cultural identity of such states and the sea. Additionally, the protection and preservation of submerged cultural heritage sites presents numerous opportunities for sustainable tourism development, an important issue to be considered by all developing states. 

As we continue through the year of small island developing states, it is hoped that this workshop will assure that the importance of underwater cultural heritage is not forgotten in the dialogue about sustainable development.



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