Fourth Meeting of the Advisory Body
The fourth meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body took place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, on 30 May 2013.
It was preceded by an Exchange Day on Underwater Cultural Heritage on 27 May, focusing on the issue of presenting underwater heritage to the general public.
The main topics discussed by the Advisory Body were education, awareness raising and the issue of how underwater cultural heritage can contribute to sustainable development. Ten officially accredited NGOs participated in the debates as observers. Upon conclusion, the Advisory Body adopted the following resolutions and recommendations:
- to promote and encourage sustainable development projects by creating a Best Practice list of initiatives fostering public access to underwater cultural heritage;
- to increase cooperation and collaboration with accredited NGOs, who contribute their invaluable field experience and play a crucial role in disseminating the ethical principles enshrined in the 2001 Convention;
- to incorporate underwater cultural heritage in school curricula, and to prepare a first draft of common education material.