Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention

The Meeting of the States Parties to the 1970 Convention is the sovereign body of the Convention.


The Meeting of States Parties provides strategic orientations for the implementation of the Convention and takes all measures it deems necessary for the promotion of the objectives of the Convention.

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.


Initially, the 1970 Convention did not make any provisions for a periodic monitoring body. Only one meeting was held in 2003 on the basis of a specific decision by the UNESCO Executive Board taken in 2002.

During the second meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention held in June 2012, and in order to monitor the implementation of the 1970 Convention, the States Parties decided to convene a meeting every two years. Of course, "extraordinary meetings" may continue to be convened at any time, at the request of the States Parties and by the UNESCO Director-General.

The fourth Meeting of the States Parties was held in May 2017. 



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