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Safeguarding Cultural Property in the Pacific: First Workshop on the Hague Convention and its Two Protocols, FIJI 2016, Just Published

This report (e-document) is the proceedings of the Pacific Workshop on the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflicts (1954) and its Two Protocols (1954 and 1999) held in Suva, Fiji, in November 2016.  This first-ever Workshop on the Hague Convention and its Two Protocols held in the Pacific brought together government officials in charge of the UNESCO Conventions in culture from nine Pacific island states, the representatives of the Blue Shield and the interim Blue Shield Pasifika (BSP), as well as observers from Fiji.

The report summarizes the outcome of the Workshop discussions and includes action plans by sub-region in the Pacific for enhancing the safeguarding of cultural property in respective sub-region and joining the Hague Convention and its Two protocols. The report compiles the presentations of the country delegates, international resource persons, and UNESCO made at the Workshop together with the basic texts of the Conventions and its Two Protocols as well as the Model Law for national legislation development. 

It also contains in its Annex the final report of the Preparatory Meeting for the Establishment of BSP held in April 2016 in Suva. The Preparatory Meeting brought together representatives of the regional chapters of the four NGOs that make up the International Committee of Blue Shield (ICBS), namely, the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Council of Archives (ICA) and the International Federation of Libraries Association (IFLA).  The regional chapters that participated in the Preparatory meeting were: ICOMOS Pasifika, the Pacific Regional Branch of the international Council on Archives (PARBICA), the Pacific Island Association of Libraries, Archives and Museums (PIALA) and the Pacific Island Museums Association (PIMA).

The report is a resourceful reference material to introduce the Hague Convention and its Protocols in terms of its history, the current status of implementation, and its relevance to the Pacific to the government officials, civil society and wider audiences in the Pacific island states through the Pacific lens.

Safeguarding Cultural Property in the Pacific, First Workshop for the 1954 Hague Convention and its Two Protocols, Fiji, 2016
language: English