Third Meeting of States parties to the 1970 Convention (3.MSP)

The Third Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property was held at UNESCO Headquarters (Room II) in Paris from 18 to 20 May 2015.

This meeting was organized pursuant to the Article 14.1 of the Rules of Procedure of Meeting of State Parties to the 1970 Convention.

In addition to the election of half of the Members of the Subsidiary Committee (election of 9 new Members), the State Parties were invited to discuss, among other items, the following:

  • the possible adoption of the Draft Operational Guidelines which were approved by the Subsidiary Committee during its Second session from 30 June to 2 July 2014;
  • the possible creation of a fund for the Convention; as well as
  • the recommendations proposed by the Office of Internal Oversight Service of UNESCO (IOS) in the ‘Evaluation Report on the 1970 Convention’ (IOS/EVS/PI/133 REV.) published in April 2014.

Furthermore, taking into consideration the ongoing situation in certain countries, such as in Iraq, Libya and Syria, and the devastating impact of looting and illicit trafficking of cultural property on our shared heritage, the States Parties to the 1970 Convention are strongly encouraged to inform the Meeting of States Parties on the actions undertaken for the protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage at risk, particularly within the context of the United Security Council Resolution 2199 (15 February 2015).

Rules of procedure: EN | FR

Oral Report

  • Oral Report of the Rapporteur: EN/FR

Final documents

  • Resolutions (C70/15/3.MSP/RESOLUTIONS): EN | FR
  • Final Report (C70/15/3.MSP/Report): EN | FR

Working documents 

  • Election of the Bureau (C70/15/3.MSP/2): EN | FR | SP | RU | AR | CH
  • Provisional Agenda (C70/15/3.MSP/3.REV): EN | FR | SP | RU | AR | CH
  • Report of the Subsidiary Committee (C70/15/3.MSP/5A):
    EN
    | FR | SP | RU | AR | CH
  • Roadmap for the fulfillment of the functions of the Subsidiary Committee (C70/15/3.MSP/5B):
    EN
    | FR | SP | RU | AR | CH
  • Report of the Secretariat (C70/15/3.MSP/6): EN | FR | SP | AR | RU | CH
  • Election of the Subsidiary Committee (C70/15/3.MSP/7): EN | FR | SP | RU | AR | CH
  • Follow-up to the recommendations of the Report on the Evaluation by the Internal Oversight Service of UNESCO’s Standard-setting Work of the Culture Sector (Part II) and strategic discussions (C70/15/3.MSP/8):
    EN | FR | SP | RU | AR | CH
  • Report on the Secretariat’s Emergency Actions (C70/15/3.MSP/9): EN | FR | SP | RU | AR | CH
  • Consideration of the possibility to create a Fund for the 1970 Convention (C70/15/3.MSP/10): EN | FR | SP | RU | AR | CH
  • Discussions on possible adoption of the draft Operational Guidelines: (C70/15/3.MSP/11): EN | FR | SP | RU | AR | CH

Information documents

  • Provisional Timetable (C70/15/3.MSP/INF.3A.REV): EN | FR
  • Provisional List of Documents (C70/15/3.MSP/INF.3B.REV): EN | FR
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