Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
In Small Island Developing States, intangible cultural heritage is particularly vital to their existence and a mainspring of sustainable development in the context of accelerating socioeconomic transformations and global environmental changes.
- Inauguration ceremony of the Papua New Guinea interdepartamental meeting (Port Moresby, 2008)
In 2005, the Mauritius Declaration and Mauritius Strategy identified culture as an integral element in the promotion of sustainable development. On that occasion, the SIDS countries committed themselves to “developing measures to protect the natural, tangible and intangible cultural heritage and increase resources for the development and strengthening of national and regional cultural initiatives”.
UNESCO’s activities for SIDS in the field of intangible cultural heritage are guided by that Strategy and by the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. UNESCO is assisting SIDS in developing integrated heritage policies, improving safeguarding measures for intangible cultural heritage and enhancing capacities for sustainable management of intangible heritage while strengthening international cooperation.
The following projects and meetings provide examples and lessons learnt in safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of a number of SIDS countries.
Workshop on community-based inventorying of living heritage 30-03-2015/10-04-2015, Sao Tome and Principe (Sao Tome and Principe)
The National Directorate of Culture of Sao Tome and Principe in cooperation with UNESCO convenes a workshop on the elaboration of community-based inventories of living heritage in the spirit of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The workshop, which will take place from 30 March to 10 April 2015 in the capital of Sao Tome, will introduce the concepts, objectives and methods of inventorying and includes practical field work in the community of Boa Morte.
As part of the capacity-building project to reinforce the safeguarding of living heritage in the Portuguese speaking countries in Africa (PALOP), the workshop will gather some 25 Santomean particpants including stakeholders from local to national levels. With the aim to strengthen regional cooperation among PALOP countries the training will be co-facilitated by a Brazilian and a Mozambican expert who has been previously trained through the same programme. Moreover, a culture officer from Cabo Verde will attend the workshop in view of similar activities planned in the Archipelago off the coast of Western Africa.
This workshop is made possible thanks to the generous contribution from the Government of Norway to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund.
Joint workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage 22/28-02-2015, Willemstad (Curaçao)
Having completed the first joint training on the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage last September, representatives of the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten) are taking the next significant step in the implementation of a coordinated strategy to safeguard their living heritage.
From 22 to 28 February 2015, community practitioners, as well as governmental and non-governmental experts, will gather in Curacao for a workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage with the primary aim to develop a framework for the inventory of their heritage. The core of the workshop will focus on community participation in the identification and definition of intangible cultural heritage, data collection, organization and management, laying the foundation not only for a 5-day field inventorying exercise to follow in the six respective islands, but for future inventorying and safeguarding work.
Organized by the UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean in close cooperation with national partners across the islands, this workshop is a part of a capacity-building project to reinforce the safeguarding of living heritage in the Dutch Caribbean and Suriname, made possible thanks to the generous contribution from the Government of the Netherlands to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund.