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 will take place at the Fontenoy Building of the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 30 and 31 May 2017, preceded by an Exchange Day on 29 May.

The agenda includes:

  • An "Exchange Day" on the contribution of the 2001 Convention to the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (Room II, Fontenoy building, on 29 May, from 10 am to 1 pm). The event is open to the public. All participants are invited to take part in the discussions. (Agenda EN | FR)

  • Information Event on the content of the 2001 Convention (Room II, Fontenoy building, on 29 May, from 3 pm to 5 pm). (Agenda EN | FR)

  • Sixth Session of the Meeting of States Parties (Room II, Fontenoy building, on 30 and 31 May, from 10 am to 6 pm). The Meeting of States Parties will elect six new members to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body of the Convention.

  • Evening Event "Heritage of the Depths" featuring a film on the deep sea research of the Danton wreck (6.30 pm, 30 May, Room I) (register)

  • The meetings will be followed by the Eighth meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body to the 2001 Convention (Room II, Fontenoy building, on 1 June, from 10 am to 6 pm)

Simultaneous interpretation and working documents will be provided in the six official languages of UNESCO during the Sixth Session of the Meeting of States Parties, and in English and French on the "Exchange Day". The Meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body will count also with Spanish Interpretation thanks to the contribution of Spain. 

The main issues for discussion will be:

  • 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.

 

Working Documents of the Meeting of States Parties:

All not yet available documents will be uploaded shortly.

  • 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.5REV
    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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