Photo: Keith Cuddeback
The most significant development in cultural property protection over the last few months was the meeting held in Geneva by States party to the 1999 Second Protocol to the Hague 1954 Cultural Property Convention, to celebrate its 20th Anniversary.
The anniversary discussion, held at the Geneva International Conference Center from 25-26 April 2019, was convened by States representatives, experts and other stakeholders to share and deliberate on the achievements and challenges facing the implementation of the Second Protocol, and to provide a clear and coherent vision for its future.
One highlight was the presentation by Karl von Hapsburg, the President of Blue Shield International, on the importance of training and working with the military to implement the Hague Convention and its Protocols.
ARUP Engineering Group hosted a seminar on 2-3 May on Investigating and Prosecuting Crimes Against Cultural Property at their offices in London. Representatives of the US and UK Blue Shield, the International Criminal Court, the British Museum, the Smithsonian, the new British Army Cultural Property unit, and academics gathered to discuss the elements of the crimes and recent prosecution efforts at the international tribunals.
The US National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) held its annual Gala on 2 May at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, recognizing the contributions of Henry Muñoz for his efforts to achieve designation under the World Heritage Convention for the San Antonio Missions.