Hague Convention 70th Anniversary

The three versions of the blue shield distinctive emblem (general, special and enhanced) protection on a circle, with "70" in the middle and the anniversary dates - 14 May 1954, 14 May 2024 - on the bottom left and right respectively.

This year is the 70th Anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which was created on the 14 May 1954. It is also the 25th Anniversary of its Second Protocol, which was opened for signature on 24 March 1999. Today, these treaties are the most important and widely recognised pieces of international law protecting cultural property in conflict.

This page provides more information about the 1954 Hague Convention and its Protocols, and any events happening this year.

The Blue Shield Movements has its roots and founding in the 1954 Hague Convention – in 1955, R.J. Wilhelm, of the Legal Department of the International Committee of the Red Cross, asserted:

"In the future the Red Cross should be no longer alone in its campaign against indiscriminate methods of warfare; in any case, it should be able to count among its most faithful allies all those who worked to establish the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property, and all those who consider it to be a valuable acquisition. May all the efforts pursued, both under the Red Cross and under the Blue and White Shield, be mutually upheld in order that the aim in view may be more easily attained”.

‘The “Red Cross of Monuments”, Revue Internationale de la Croix Rouge et Bulletin International des Societes de la Croix-Rouge. VIII (2), 1955, pp.76-87, p87.

Information Pack

Want to know more about the Hague Convention, why it’s so important, and its link to the Blue Shield Movement? 

This Information Pack is aimed at Blue Shield National Committees, but contains information anyone interested in the history of the Convention will find useful. It provides information about the 1954 Hague Convention and its Protocols – what they are, and why they matter? How are they linked to the Blue Shield? What are the obligations on States Parties to help protect heritage in conflict?

To do this, we have chosen to use small amounts of legal language, and provided a glossary, to help you understand the details. It also has some ideas for events, so you can commemorate the anniversary with us, along with hashtags for social media, and sources of more information. 


Read more about the 1954 Hague Convention in our Law Library

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