2009 Publications of the Urgent Safeguarding List, Representative List and the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

UNESCO is proud to launch this much-awaited series of publications devoted to three key components of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage: the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices. The publication of these first three books attests to the fact that the 2003 Convention has now reached the crucial operational phase.

More detailed information, including the actual nomination files, community consents, photographic and film documentation are all available for consultation on the Lists.

2009 Urgent Safeguarding List

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding 2009 English|French|Arabic

The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding is established in accordance with Article 17 of the Convention. Its primary objective is to mobilize concerted efforts of various stakeholders in order to safeguard particularly endangered intangible cultural heritage.

The nomination process begins with awareness by States Parties of the presence of endangered intangible cultural heritage in their territories. Once the element is identified and the community concerned has provided their free, prior and informed consent to nominate their heritage to the Urgent Safeguarding List, the submitting States must complete and submit to UNESCO form ICH-01, available for download from the ICH Form.

Nomination for and inscription on the Urgent Safeguarding List confirms the commitment of the States and the concerned communities towards intensifying their safeguarding efforts. The driving force for inscription and subsequent safeguarding is therefore apparent in the ways and means deployed by the Parties concerned to ensure that on-going safeguarding efforts, once elements are inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List, are consolidated such that safeguarding measures proposed in the nomination files are met with success.

2009 Representative List

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity 2009 English|French|Arabic

The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is established under Article 16 of the Convention. It aims at ensuring better visibility of the intangible cultural heritage and raising awareness of its importance while encouraging dialogue that respects cultrual diversity.

The current publication presents the 76 intangible cultural heritage elements inscribed on the Representative List by the Intergovernmental Committee during its fourth session in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2009. The inscription process begins with the completion of nomination form ICH-02 by States Parties, available for download from the ICH Form. Upon completion, States Parties submit the nomination file(s) to UNESCO for examination by a Subsidiary Body composed of six members of the Intergovernmental Committee. Examination by the Subsidiary Body includes recommendations to the Committee that provides guidance on whether or not to inscribe the nominated elements. In the 2009 cycle of nominations, the Committee acted upon the recommendations provided by the Subsidiary Body to inscribe those elements receiving favourable appraisals. The Representative List currently consists of 166 intangible cultural heritage elements, of which 90 elements were inscribed in 2008 and 76 elements in 2009.

The Spanish version of the publication of the 2009 Representative List is made possible thanks to the support of the Government of Spain within the framework of the Spanish Funds-in-Trust.

2009 Register of Best Safeguarding Practices

2009 Register of Good Safeguarding Practices English|French
Article 18 in the 2003 Convention stipulates that the Intergovernmental Committee periodically selects, among proposals submitted by States Parties, programmes, projects and activities for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage considered to best reflect the principles and objectives of the Convention. Once selected, the Committee promotes these initiatives as good safeguarding practices and accompanies their implementation for wider dissemination. This register of good practices is expected to serve as a platform for sharing good practices as well as serve as a source of inspiration to States, communities and anyone interested in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. Learning more about effective safeguarding measures with proven success across various types of intangible cultural heritage in different geographical regions will help the parties concerned develop their own appropriate safeguarding measures.