The Committee is composed of twelve States Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol. Among its responsibilities is the granting of enhanced protection to cultural properties. At this session, the Committee will consider the inscription of the Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley (Armenia), Tugendhat Villa in Brno (Czech Republic), Villa Adriana (Italy) and the National Central Library of Florence (Italy) on the International List of Cultural Property under Enhanced Protection. The first three cultural properties are sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, and the National Central Library of Florence is situated within the boundaries of a World Heritage site.
The Committee will also examine requests submitted by Afghanistan and Mali for the granting of international assistance from the Second Protocol Fund. The Afghanistan request is related to peacetime safeguarding measures, and the Mali request concerns drafting national penal legislation.
Finally, the Committee will consider a report by UNESCO’s Internal Oversight Service (IOS), which conducted an evaluation of the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (the 1954 Hague Convention) and its two (1954 and 1999) Protocols.