The Permanent Delegate of Guyana to UNESCO has submitted the instruments of ratification of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage to the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the 28th of April 2014. This ratification is an important step forward in the protection of the underwater cultural heritage in Latin America.
Guyana has ratified the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, responding to its commitment with the protection of all forms of cultural heritage.
Guyana's ratification means an important and essential step forward in the safeguarding of cultural heritage in the region. It is the response to an increasing concern and understanding of the need for protection for these specific traces of human past, and their catalytic role in present day societies. Guyana deposited its instruments of ratification the 28th of April 2014. The Convention shall enter into force in its territories in a period of three months from that date.
The UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage has been already ratified by 48 States Parties while many others are preparing to do so as the acknowledgement and concern towards the protection of submerged archaeological sites grow among UNESCO Member States.