9th Meeting of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, Room XI, 18-19 December 2014

The Committee, which is composed of twelve States Parties to the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, meets once a year in ordinary session.

Among the items on the Agenda of its 9th Meeting, the Committee will examine notably item 7 related to the notion of Cultural property and its immediate surroundings in the light of the 1954 Hague Convention and its Second Protocol. This notion naturally depends on the interpretation of Parties to the relevant agreements.

At a recent International Conference on threats to cultural heritage and diversity in Syria and Iraq held at UNESCO on 3 December 2014, the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, called for the creation of “protected cultural zones” around heritage sites in these countries. The conference stressed the need to implement the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols, as well as to end impunity against deliberate attacks against cultural heritage, which is recognized as a war crime under the Rome Statutes of the International Criminal Court.