Expert meeting on criteria for inscription on the lists established by the 2003 Convention
The meeting on criteria for inscription of intangible heritage elements on the Lists to be established under the 2003 Convention (Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding) was attended by experts coming from some 15 UNESCO Member States and by observers from another 30 Member States.
The report summarises the debates of the meeting and presents the selection criteria as recommended at the conclusion of the meeting, relating in particular :
- to the definition of intangible heritage given in the Convention,
- to the need of involving communities in the whole identification and safeguarding process,
- and to the importance of transmission of ICH.
Music, dance and theatre traditions
Expert meeting on inventorying Intangible Cultural Heritage
The purpose of the meeting was to study various inventory‐making methodologies and to debate issues to be taken into account when preparing the implementation of the 2003 Convention. Indeed, the characteristics of various systems already under elaboration or in place were studied and compared during the meeting, as were the different approaches and experiences of Member States, regions and disciplines. The debates and the conclusions of the meeting will contribute substantially to the elaboration of thematic manuals on the safeguarding of the ICH. The experts took part in the meeting in their personal capacities; they did not represent – unless they explicitly stated otherwise – official positions of their countries.
The 30 participating experts were selected among researchers, representatives of custodian communities, civil servants working in local and national administrations, as well as from relevant NGOs. Most of them came from countries that had already acquired experience in preparing one or more inventories of ICH.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was also invited, as were observers from UNESCO Member States, in particular those that had already ratified the Convention or that had shown a special interest in UNESCO’s programmes in the field of ICH. Some 50 observers attended all or part of the meeting. There were four plenary working sessions, each of which was introduced by a keynote presentation.
Regional meeting for Caribbean States
The aim of the meeting was to promote the Convention with a view not only to its ratification but also to its implementation. Experts from all over Latin America including Cuba attended the meeting.
Regional meeting for Arab States
Jointly organized with the Algerian authorities on the occasion of the official visit of the Director-General of UNESCO to Algeria, this regional meeting was be attended by representatives of some thirty Member States.
Mrs. Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaïdjan, and several important Algerian dignitaries, including Mr Mohammed Bedjaoui, President of the Constitutional Council, were also be present.
Contact in Rabat: Mohamed Ould Khattar - in co-operation with the Ministry of Culture in Algiers.