Lists of intangible cultural heritage and Register of best safeguarding practices
The Committee meets annually to evaluate nominations proposed by States Parties to the 2003 Convention and decide whether or not to inscribe those cultural practices and expressions of intangible heritage on the Convention’s Lists.
The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding (see criteria) is composed of intangible heritage elements that concerned communities and States Parties consider require urgent measures to keep them alive. Inscriptions on this List help to mobilize international cooperation and assistance for stakeholders to undertake appropriate safeguarding measures. During the period from 2009 to 2012, the Committee inscribed 31 elements on this List.
The Register of Best Safeguarding Practices (see criteria) contains programs, projects and activities that best reflect the principles and the objectives of the Convention. During the period from 2009 to 2012, the Committee selected 10 programmes, projects and activites for this Register.
The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (see criteria) is made up of those intangible heritage elements that help demonstrate the diversity of this heritage and raise awareness about its importance. In 2008 the Committee incorporated 90 elements (formerly proclaimed Masterpieces) into the Representative List. During the period from 2009 to 2012, it has also inscribed 167 new elements on this List.
By clicking on the inscribed elements below, you can discover the nominations, photos and videos, together with Committee decisions and evidence of community consent.
List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding
|Al Sadu, traditional weaving skills in the United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates|
|Eshuva, Harákmbut sung prayers of Peru’s Huachipaire people||Peru|
|Folk long song performance technique of Limbe performances - circular breathing||Mongolia|
|Hezhen Yimakan storytelling||China|
|Moorish epic T’heydinn||Mauritania|
|Naqqāli, Iranian dramatic story-telling||Iran (Islamic Republic of)|
|Secret society of the Kôrêdugaw, the rite of wisdom in Mali||Mali|
|Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian Gulf||Iran (Islamic Republic of)|
|Xoan singing of Phú Thọ Province, Viet Nam||Viet Nam|
|Yaokwa, the Enawene Nawe people's ritual for the maintenance of social and cosmic order||Brazil|