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 use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Timor-Leste03/06-12-2013, Dili (Timor-Leste)
Samoa: workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage21/26-10-2013, Savaii Island (Samoa)
Training on the use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage 07/11-10-2013, La Havana (Cuba)
Inventorying the living heritage of Belize01-10-2013, Belize City (Belize)
Second community-based inventorying (INV)23/28-09-2013, Milne Bay Province (Papua New Guinea)
Jamaica pushes on with the inventory of its living heritage04/13-09-2013, Kingston (Jamaica)
Inventorying of living heritage in Trinidad and Tobago
22-06-2013/01-07-2013, Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)
Workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national level in Cap Haïtien (Haiti)13/17-05-2013, Cap Haïtien (Haiti)
Workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national level in Les Cayes (Haiti)06/10-05-2013, Les Cayes (Haiti)
Second Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Community-Based Inventorying Workshop in Timor-Leste16/18-04-2013, Timor-Leste (Timor-Leste)
Dominican Republic on the road to the implementation of the 2003 Convention11/15-03-2013, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
Cuba: communities involved in the inventory of the rural festivities of Red and Blue bands of Majagua28-02-2013/05-03-2013, Majagua, Ciego de Ávila (Cuba)
Samoa is mobilizing different actors for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage11/15-02-2013