The UK remains the only Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council, and is arguably the most significant military power (and the only one with extensive military involvements abroad) not to have ratified the 1954 Hague Convention. Therefore the primary mission of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield is to encourage the UK government to ratify the Convention and its two protocols as quickly as possible. For more information on this, please click here.
The formal mission of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield is:
- 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;
- 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;
- To act as a centre for the development of policy, guidance, and good practice related to the 1954 Hague Convention and its two Protocols;
- 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;
- 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.