The Network shall submit an annual report to UNESCO, presenting and evaluating the activities carried out by the Network. If approved by UNESCO, this report will be published on the UNESCO UNITWIN website to enable the sharing of experience and potential benefits of the Network’s activities at both regional and international levels. The Network shall provide a detailed financial report indicating support obtained for the Network from different sources.

UNESCO shall take the necessary steps to facilitate the participation of the Network in its programmes and activities, with a view to promoting international academic co-operation in the field of archaeology related to underwater cultural heritage and related disciplines. Whenever possible, UNESCO shall also promote the exchange of information and documentation, as well as of professors, researchers, and students associated with the Network, within the framework of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme.

UNESCO has for some time endeavored to foster underwater archaeology, research and capacity building in the framework of its 2001 Convention. The 2001 Convention on the protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage improves the protection and research of submerged archaeological sites.

Now UNESCO has established a new University Twinning Programme (UniTwin) for Underwater Archaeology. It shall bring together universities teaching underwater archaeology and increase their cooperation.

The main objectives of the Cooperation Programme are to:

·         promote research, training, information and documentation in the field of archaeology related to underwater cultural heritage;

·         create an academic training network tasked with harmonizing teaching schedules and programmes;

·         set up a common web portal to facilitate knowledge and information-sharing; organize regional and international conferences and seminars to promote the discipline and advance innovative research;

·         carry out joint research projects; encourage inter-university cooperation; and, promote awareness on underwater cultural heritage and influencing cultural heritage policies.