Tunisia at head of standing committee of States parties to UNESCO 2001 Convention on Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage
21/06/2019 10:26, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Tunisia has been elected president of the standing committee of the States parties to the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs said in a press release Thursday.

This decision was made at the end of works of the International Conference on Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, June 17-19 in France’s Brest, where Tunisia was represented by Ambassador-Permanent Delegate of Tunisia to the UNESCO Ghazi Gherairi and Official in charge of Research at the Tunis National Institute of Heritage and Expert in the Underwater Heritage Wafa Ben Slimane.

This election, the press release specifies, was made following “the success of the 1st international meeting on the protection of the underwater cultural heritage, organised June 10-11 in Tunis, which focused on the protection of the Skerki Banks, an underwater site with a rich archeological value located off the Mediterranean basin between Tunisia and Italy.”

Tunisia, as a co-ordinator State of this international process as part of the first global implementation of the UNESCO convention on the protection of underwater heritage (adopted in 2001), had hosted during two days the 1st technical meeting of this international consultation process.

A meeting whichi is part of a process aimed to engage a co-operation between the member countries of the UNESCO 2001 Convention to overcome the challenges faced in the underwater heritage protection, through a joint co-operation effort between member states of the convention.

The Brest Conference also offered an occasion to notably discuss the ratification and implementation issues of the 2001 Convention and the future of the protection of the underwater culture heritage.

The next international conference on the protection of underwater heritage is due in 2021 in Mahdia.

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