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.
Training on the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage at the national level in Eastern Cuba11/14-02-2014, Santiago de Cuba (Cuba)
From 11 to 14 February, the Regional Bureau for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean is organizing a capacity-building workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the national level in Santiago de Cuba in Eastern Cuba. The workshop will bring together about twenty participants from the eastern provinces and Camagüey. Bearers of intangible cultural heritage from the region, alongside members of provincial councils and national institutions such as the National Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage or the Cuban Institute for Cultural Research, will receive intensive training on the objectives and key concepts of this Convention as well as on the obligations assumed by States that have ratified it and the mechanisms it provides for international cooperation.
Organized as part of the regional capacity-building programme benefiting Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti and funded through the generous contribution of Norway to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, the workshop will be facilitated by two UNESCO-trained experts, Adriana Molano Arenas from Colombia and Francisco Javier López Morales from Mexico. It will offer a platform where participants will reflect collectively on experiences and challenges in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage within the broader context of sustainable development.
Strengthening the capacities of Suriname and Dutch Caribbean islands for implementing the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage01-2014/02-2016, Curaçao - Aruba - Suriname