Paris Conference and Evening Event on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage
From 23-11-2007 to 23-11-2007
(Paris - France)
An information meeting on the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage was opened by the Director-General and held with all Permanent Delegates and Observers to UNESCO at UNESCO Headquarters on Friday, 23 November 2007.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the status of ratification and implementation of the 2001 Convention as well as to prepare for the entry into force of the Convention.
The afternoon meeting was followed by a reception and an Evening Event with the title "A Dive in the Planet Blue - A status report on new discoveries, the work of underwater archaeologists, underwater museums and the damage caused by treasure hunters" for delegations, observers and the general public.
In the course of the evening, international experts provided an overview of the latest developments in underwater archaeology, the construction of underwater museums, and recent significant discoveries, while underlining the importance of ratifying the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.