Sixth Session of the Meeting of States Parties

The sixth session of the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage took place at the Fontenoy Building of the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 30 and 31 May 2017.

The Meeting was preceded by an Exchange Day on the contribution of the 2001 Convention to the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals  (Agenda EN | FR) on 29 May and followed by the Eighth meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body to the 2001 Convention.

The main issues discussed during the 6th session of the Meeting of States Parties were:

  • The contribution to SDGs by the 2001 Convention;
  • The wider implementation and ratification of the Convention;
  • The staffing and funding for the 2001 Convention Secretariat;
  • Best practices for responsible public access to underwater cultural heritage;
  • The work of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body (STAB);
  • The election of six members to the STAB; and
  • The re-accreditation of NGOs.

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/17/6.MSP/1 Draft Resolution,
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH                                                                     
  • Information document 1: UCH/17/6.MSP/INF.1 Participants List
    Available on request from the Secretariat
  • Item 2: Adoption of Agenda - UCH/17/6.MSP/2 Draft Resolution
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH 
  • Item 3: Summary Records of the Fifth Session of the Meeting of States Parties - UCH/17/6.MSP/3 Draft Resolution
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Item 4: Reports (Secretariat and Technical Advisory Body) - UCH/17/6.MSP/4 Draft Resolution
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Information document 4.1: Report of the Secretariat  (April 2015 to April 2017) - UCH/17/6.MSP/INF4.1REV
    EN | FR 
  • Information document 4.2: Report and Recommendations of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body - UCH/17/6.MSP/INF4.2
    EN | FR 
  • Item 5: Election of 6 members of the Advisory Body - UCH/17/6.MSP/5 Draft Resolution
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Information Document 5: Background for the Advisory Body Election - UCH/17/6.MSP/INF.5REV4
    EN | FR This document may be updated if new candidates are proposed
  • Item 6: Evaluation of the Examples of Best Practices in the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage - UCH/17/6.MSP/6 Draft Resolution
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH   
    Examples Presented
  • Information document 6: Report from the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body on the Examples of Best Practices - UCH/17/6.MSP/INF.6
    EN | FR 
  • Item 7: Consideration for Adoption of the Ratification and Implementation Strategy and follow up actions - UCH/17/6.MSP/7 Draft Resolution
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Information document 7: Draft Ratification and Implementation Strategy - UCH/17/6.MSP/INF.7REV2
    EN | FR
  • Item 8: Underwater Cultural Heritage in Emergency Situations - UCH/17/6.MSP/8 Draft Resolution
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Item 9: Evaluation and Accreditation of NGOs - UCH/17/6.MSP/9 Draft Resolution
    EN | FR | ES | RU | AR | CH
  • Information document 9: Background NGOs - UCH/17/6.MSP/INF.9
    EN | FR
  • Item 10: Other issues
  • Item 11: Date and venue of the next session of the Meeting of States Parties - UCH/17/6.MSP/11 Draft Resolution
    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

Fifth Session of the Meeting of States Parties

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