Culture under threat

nav shield The future of the 1954 Hague Convention
A joint meeting of the American University of Rome, Blue Shield, World Archaeological Congress, and Newcastle University

May 15-21, 2014 Rome
at the American University of Rome (AUR)

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its 1st Protocol and also the 15th anniversary of its 2nd Protocol.
Sadly, almost every part of the world has seen armed conflict since 1954 and cultural property has been damaged in all of these conflicts through collateral destruction, military insensitivities, and extensive looting.

This conference will review what actions are currently taken to mitigate the destruction of cultural property during conflict and address what might be done in the future to enhance its protection and to restrict and counter the trade in illicit antiquities that feeds off conflict.
The conference will conclude with a discussion of a draft of the World Archaeological Congress' Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

Check here for registation and accommodation 

Thursday, May 15:

ANCBS Board meeting (Restricted event)

Friday, May 16:
Morning: ANCBS Extraordinary General Assembly (Restricted event)
Afternoon: ANCBS Extraordinary General Assembly (Open event – reports from National Committees)

Evening: Blue Shield's Commemoration: 60 Years of the Hague Convention 

Saturday, May 17:
Day trip to Monte Cassino: 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino and the saving of the Treasures of the Benedictine Monastery Reconsidered

Sunday, May 18:
Opportunity to visit the archaeological sites of Rome

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Display Ministry of Defense, National Constitution Week 2014
photo: Angela Dellebeke

Monday, May 19:
Conference sessions

Tuesday, May 20:
Conference sessions

Wednesday, May 21:
Discussion of the World Archaeological Congress Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 

ANCBS:The Conversation piece

ANCBS Secretary General Peter Stone has written a short piece, in the UK online discussion forum - The Conversation, on the UK's continuing failure to ratify the 1954 Hague convention and its two Protocols

Peter Stone

Blue Shield statement on Ukraine

nav shield Following the civil conflict that has been shaking Ukraine, the Blue Shield wishes to express its deep concern regarding the safeguarding and protection of the country's invaluable cultural and historical heritage, as well as the institutions that house them and the people that care for them.


Archives Sarajevo burnt

A significant part of the historical archives in Sarajevo have been burned as a direct result of violent mass protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina over political and economic issues.

© 2014 Amer  KAJMOVIĆ