01.04.2009 -

First session of the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

Submerged archaeological sites will be in future better protected © E. Trainito/UNESCO

The 2001 Convention entered into force on 2 January 2009. The Director-General convened therefore the first session of the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention from 26 to 27 March 2009 at UNESCO Headquarters.

19 States Parties to the Convention attended the Meeting as participants with the right to vote. Albania, Grenada, Slovakia and Tunisia, having ratified the Convention less than three months before the Meeting of States Parties, participated as observers, as Article 27 of the Convention foresees a delay of 3 months for the Convention to enter into force for a State that deposits its instrument of ratification.

Furthermore 71 States non-Parties to the Convention participated as observers, as well as 5 intergovernmental, and 23 non-governmental organizations.

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