Mexico was elected member of the first Scientific and Technical Advisory Body for the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage to bring counseling regarding research and protection of heritage located under marine and continental waters worldwide.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SRE) announced the resolution taken by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The election of members of the recently created council took place during the 2nd Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, in the UNESCO seat at Paris, France.

Mexico will be represented at the organism by archaeologist Pilar Luna Erreguerena, chief of the Sub Direction of Submerged Archaeology of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), which since 1982 has been part of international advisory councils and organisms that work in favor of submerged cultural heritage.

The Advisory Body is now integrated by 11 experts with long professional, ethical and scientific experience in submerged archaeology, international law, material science (geology, metallurgy, archaeo-biology), as well as in conservation of submerged cultural heritage sites.

Our country was designated president of the work team that will revise and write Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the Convention, to be presented at the 3rd Assembly of the Convention that will meet in 2011.

According to Mexican Chancellery, participation of our country in the Advisory Body will allow increasing research and cooperation with other State Parties for the preservation in situ of submerged cultural heritage goods, being Mexican one of the greatest in the international level. Only in Quintana Roo, 68 sites have been qualified by UNESCO, representing the history of 5 centuries of navigation routes in the Caribbean.