24.05.2017 - Culture Sector

2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage – Sixth Meeting of States Parties

The 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage now has 56 States Parties.  From 29 May through 1 June, a series of meetings and events will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, featuring the Sixth Meeting of States Parties on 30 and 31 May 2017, preceded by an Exchange Day on 29 May

International and national experts from around the world will convene to discuss topics such as best practices for the protection of underwater cultural heritage (“UCH”), UCH in emergency situations, responsible public access to UCH, the 2001 Convention contributions to achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the work of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body (STAB).  The election of six members to the STAB will also take place.

The agenda over the course of the week includes:

·"Exchange Day" on the contribution of the 2001 Convention to the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (Room II, Fontenoy building, on 29 May, from 10 am to 1 pm). The event is open to the public. All participants are invited to take part in the discussions.

·Information Event on the content of the 2001 Convention (Room II, Fontenoy building, on 29 May, from 3 pm to 5 pm). 

·Sixth Session of the Meeting of States Parties (Room II, Fontenoy building, on 30 and 31 May, from 10 am to 6 pm). The Meeting of States Parties will elect six new members to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body of the Convention.

·         Evening Event "Heritage of the Depths" film screening featuring the deep sea research of the Danton wreck (6.30 pm, 30 May, Room I) (register)

·          Eighth meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body to the 2001 Convention

Full information, including agendas and working documents, may be consulted here: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/underwater-cultural-heritage/




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