07.05.2014 - Culture Sector

Ocean Day 2014

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Information Session for Permanent Delegations on the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage by its Scientific and Technical Advisory Body

UNESCO Headquarters, 10 June 2014 (10 am – 1 pm, Room II)

Underwater cultural heritage, ranging from sunken cities and shipwrecks to prehistoric sites, constitutes an often-unexploited potential for research, education and development, while also providing insights into climate change over history. Underwater heritage can also contribute significantly to the development of sustainable tourism as many of these attractive sites are accessible to visitors. However many of these sites have not yet been sufficiently researched, protected and enhanced and remain under threat by treasure hunter and industrial operations.

While the international community has widely recognized the need to protect research and promote the ocean environment and biodiversity as well as land-based heritage sites, underwater heritage has yet to receive the same attention from national authorities and the general public. The importance of this issue has been recognized by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/66/231 and has been thoroughly regulated in the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. However additional efforts are required to ensure the full implementation of this unique international legal instrument.

The present event aims to explain the 2001 Convention, the importance of the cultural heritage of the oceans and the role and potential of the UNESCO Scientific and Technical Advisory Body.

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