Extraordinary Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention
This meeting will be held on 1st July 2013, at UNESCO Headquarters.
Given that it is urgent for UNESCO and its Member States to pursue rapidly the process of reflection with regard to improving the implementation of this treaty, the preparation and submission of recommendations and operational guidelines has become a priority for many States Parties.
Consequently, the Director-General proposed during the 190th session of the Executive Board to convene an Extraordinary Meeting of States Parties in 2013 – or one year before the time frame specified in the Rules of Procedure – in order to elect the Subsidiary Committee. It should thus be possible to build on the progress achieved through the efforts made since 2011; to fulfill the expectations of States that prioritize the protection of cultural goods and the fight against their traffic, and to encourage the effective implementation of the treaty.
The principal mandate of this meeting will be to elect the 18 members of the Subsidiary Committee, to enable the latter to meet from 2013 and initiate the development and drafting of guidelines on the 1970 Convention and, more generally, to develop strategies to improve the application of this treaty.
Rules of Procedure
The Rules of Procedure of the Meeting of States Parties have been adopted during the Second Meeting of States Parties in June 2012.