Latin America and Caribbean celebrates 20 years of 2001 Convention with strengthened underwater heritage

The Seminar that closes the course began today with the remarks of UNESCO Deputy Director of Culture, Mr. Ernesto Ottone, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Convention, followed by the welcoming words of the Coordinator of the Culture programme and Officer in Charge of UNESCO Regional Office for Culture, Tatiana Villegas; the Officer in Charge of UNESCO Office in Quito, Ana González Medina; and the Secretary General of the Externado de Colombia University, José Fernando Rubio.
During the first day of work, there were lectures and presentations that exposed the perspectives and challenges of the practice of Underwater Archeology, and for the effective implementation of 2001 Convention in the region, as well as the experiences developed to materialize it in the area in general, and in the Antillean Caribbean, Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico and Panama.
In the second day’s sessions, the importance of UNESCO Foundation Course as a platform for training and the transmission of knowledge about this heritage will be addressed, and experiences will be shared on the management and administration of UCH in Argentina, Aruba, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Peru and Venezuela.

UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, over the past 20 years, has promoted strategies for the research and protection of the UCH by fostering international cooperation, sharing knowledge and promoting relevant scientific standards that are internationally recognized.

This UNESCO normative instrument and its Annex are recognized as the most important scientific standards for underwater archeology and provide a framework for the protection and management of submerged archaeological contexts. The Convention has already been ratified by 71 States, of which 21 are from the Latin American and Caribbean region, and currently has the support of a wide network of partners, including NGOs, universities and research centers, as well as national authorities, museums and other institutions.

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