On 29 June, during the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany, the Chairs of the six UNESCO culture conventions* met for the first time to discuss ways to work together more effectively.
In the context of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, this provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the future of the Organization’s standard-setting action in the face of contemporary challenges and emerging needs. This is particularly important as the international community advances towards the definition of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda, in which the linkages between culture, development and peace should be fully recognized and projected forward.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chairs released a statement outlining their concerns and emphasizing the need for a renewed political will to support UNESCO’s culture conventions and encouraging the United Nations to ensure that the protection, safeguarding and understanding of cultural and natural heritage, cultural diversity and creative expression worldwide be recognized as a cross-cutting issue in the implementation of the interrelated goals of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The statement also recommends that the Chairpersons meet regularly to evaluate progress and form a common vision going forward.
*Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954); Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (1970); Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972); Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001); Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression (2005).
About UNESCO's Culture Conventions
- Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005)
- Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)
- Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001)
- Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972)
- Fighting against the illicit trafficking of cultural property (1970)
- Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954)