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Irrigators’ tribunals of the Spanish Mediterranean coast: the Council of Wise Men of the plain of Murcia and the Water Tribunal of the plain of Valencia

Towards codes of ethics for intangible cultural heritage?

23 March 2015 – What are the core values and ethical principles – drawn from the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage – that ought to guide all safeguarding efforts, whether undertaken by States, communities, civil society or the private sector? How can those core values and principles be integrated into one or more model codes of ethics that could orient the work of different actors, in different contexts? And how can a model code be translated effectively into concrete, practical tools that could be used in the day-to-day work of safeguarding? Those are some of the questions that will be addressed during an expert meeting organized by UNESCO and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain in Valencia, Spain, from 30 March to 1 April 2015. ›››
Kankurang, Manding initiatory rite

Senegal improves the safeguarding of traditional music thanks to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund

16 March 2015 – The adoption of safeguarding plans for traditional music marks the project’s success where local communities have been sensitized, musical traditions inventoried, a database and a collection of documents created. Senegal’s objective has been achieved, … ›››

Planning for national capacity building strategies in eight countries in Africa and the Arab Region: South Sudan needs assessment completed

09 March 2015Eight countries in Africa and the Arab Region(Comoros, Djibouti, Madagascar, Egypt, Palestine, Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen) are currently benefitting from UNESCO’s support to map out their needs for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage through on site national consultations. These needs, essential for the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, range from an adequate institutional and professional environment, relevant policy and legislation frameworks, as well as the capacity to carry out inventories and other safeguarding measures.

Multi-year project proposals will result of these needs assessments in order to build national capacities for the safeguarding of living heritage on a sustainable basis.
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Why safeguard intangible cultural heritage? Answers by States…

Belgium
Mr Marc Jacobs Director of the Flemish Interface for Cultural Heritage (FARO)

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Ms Joanne Orr Chief Executive Officer, Museums Galleries Scotland

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Germany
Ms Christine Merkel Head of the Division of Culture, German Commission for UNESCO

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