A two-day regional meeting aims to encourage the delegates of the Latin American and Caribbean region countries to ratify the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.
The 60 or more participants include representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs or Legal Affairs Department of Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Granada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Peru, Santa Lucia and Venezuela, Ministries of Culture (including underwater archaeologists), Permanent Secretaries of the UNESCO National Commissions of the Andean Region (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), UNESCO Offices: Costa Rica, Jamaica, La Havana, Paris and Ecuador. Experts are invited to speak on underwater archaeology, the Law of the Sea and a case study of Mexico.
The participants are expected to establish:
This event is organized by the UNESCO Office in Quito in close collaboration with Cluster Offices of Latin America and the Caribbean region (Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica) and with the support of the UNESCO Division of Cultural Objects and Intangible Heritage.