Activities

Now that the UK has formally ratified the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, and both its Protocols, the primary mission of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield is to work with our Armed Forces and our Government to best implement national legislation like the Cultural Property (Armed Forces) Bill to best protect cultural property in armed conflict.

The formal mission of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield is:

  1. To lobby Her Majesty’s Government to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols of 1954 and 1999;
  2. To promote the principles, and encourage the full implementation, of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols of 1954 and 1999;
  3. To act as a centre for the development of policy, guidance, and good practice related to the 1954 Hague Convention and its two Protocols;
  4. To advise and lobby Her Majesty’s Government and other relevant agencies and organisations with respect to their responsibilities regarding the protection of cultural property, especially in times of war and natural disasters, both in the UK and internationally;
  5. To develop voluntary networks to enable the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield to contribute to national and international efforts to protect cultural property through specialised training; formal and informal education projects; public awareness programmes; fundraising, and other actions as agreed.

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