Basic texts of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Basic texts downloadable in English|French|Spanish|Arabic|Chinese

The Basic Texts are conceived as a practical tool for all those concerned – government officials, policy makers, NGOs and international organizations – to better understand the functioning of the 2003 Convention in order to ensure optimum implementation. They are periodically revised to reflect the resolutions of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention.

2016 edition

The last edition (English|French|Spanish|Arabic|Chinese) includes the amendments to the Operational Directives for the Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage adopted by the General Assembly of the States Parties at its sixth session (Paris, June 2016).

2014 edition

2012 edition

2011 edition