Fifth Session of the Meeting of States Parties

The fifth session of the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage took place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, on 27-29 April 2015 (Fontenoy Building, Day 1 – Room II, Day 2 and 3 - Room XI). It was followed by the Sixth Meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body (30 April, Room VI).

The main issues were :

  • strategies to improve implementation and ratification of the Convention;
  • enhancing responsible public access to underwater cultural heritage;
  • the consideration of the logo of the Convention (Operational Guidelines);
  • the recommendations of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body;
  • the election of six members to the Advisory Body; and
  • the accreditation of NGOs.

An Exchange Day (agenda EN | FR) (27 April) preceded the Meeting as integral part of it and will focus on the implementation of the Convention. After a morning session dedicated to expert presentations and a podium discussion (Room II Fontenoy), Regional Group Consultations were organized in the afternoon. Delegations were invited to participate in the Regional Group Consultation of their respective region.

Simultaneous interpretation into the six official languages of the Organization was provided on 28-29 April. The Exchange Day had interpretation into English and French.

Resolutions : EN | FR

Final Report : EN | FR

Working Documents of the Meeting of States Parties:

  • Provisional Timetable  EN | FR
  • Item 1: Election of the Bureau - UCH/15/5.MSP/1
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH   
  • Item 2: Adoption of Agenda - UCH/15/5.MSP/2
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH   
  • Item 3: Summary Record of the Fourth Session of the Meeting of States Parties - UCH/15/5.MSP/3
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Item 4: Follow up of Reports - UCH/15/5.MSP/4
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH 
  • Information document 4.1: Secretariat’s Report - UCH/15/5.MSP/INF4.1
    EN | FR 
  • Information document 4.2: Report and Recommendations of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body - UCH/15/5.MSP/INF4.2
    EN | FR 
  • Information document 4.3: Report on the Governance Audit of the 2001 Convention and the follow-up to the IOS evaluation of the standard-setting work of the Culture Sector - UCH/15/5.MSP/INF4.3REV
    EN | FR 
  • Item 5: Proposal for strategies to enhance ratifications and implementation of the 2001 Convention - UCH/15/5.MSP/5
    EN| FR|ES|RU|AR|
  • Item 6: Election of 6 members of the Advisory Body - UCH/15/5.MSP/6
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH      
  • Information document 6: Members of the Advisory Body and Geographical Distribution - UCH/15/5.MSP/INF6 REV
    EN | FR 
  • Item 7: Amendment to the Statutes of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body (STAB) - UCH/15/5.MSP/7
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Item 8: Consideration of chapter on logo and revision of chapter on Financing of the Operational Guidelines - UCH/15/5.MSP/8
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Item 9: Accreditation of NGOs - UCH/15/5.MSP/9 REV
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Updated NGO Accreditation Forms
    EN
  • Information document 9: Accreditation of NGOs - UCH/15/5.MSP/INF9
    (limited distribution only)
  • Item 10: Date and venue of the next session of the Meeting of States Parties - UCH/15/5.MSP/10
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH      

Other Relevant Documents:

Rules of Procedure of the Meeting of States Parties
EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH

Statutes of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body
EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH

Previous Meetings of States Parties:

First Session of the Meeting of States Parties

Second Session of the Meeting of States Parties 

Third Session of the Meeting of States Parties

Fourth Session of the Meeting of States Parties

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