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It is with the greatest pleasure that the Blue Shield officially recognises the Hellenic Committee of the Blue Shield and the Lebanese Committee of the Blue Shield. Blue Shield International offers its sincere congratulations to Greece, Lebanon, and the new Committees.

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Greece has ratified the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols (1954, 1999). The Hellenic committee are committed to raising awareness of the importance of these laws and to providing training and assistance to mitigate risks to heritage. They will engage communities in the protection of their heritage and to promote cooperation among relevant national, regional, and local entities involved in armed conflicts and disasters. We look forward to collaborating with them in this important work.

Left: Elena Korka, Chair of Hellenic Committee of the Blue Shield, © Blue Shield Greece, 2020.

Lebanon has ratified the Convention and its First Protocol, and the Lebanese Committee are are keen to encourage ratification of the Second Protocol. A team of Blue Shield Lebanon volunteers are already working with partners on the ground in Beirut, supported by Blue Shield International and others, to deal with the effects of the recent explosion at the start of August (read more in this news article).

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Blue Shield Lebanon volunteers working to help secure the museums and libraries in Beirut, after the catastrophic explosion on 4 August 2020. © Blue Shield Lebanon 2020

Blue Shield International once again congratulates the Hellenic and Lebanese Committees – welcome to the Blue Shield!

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