Adoption of the Convention
The General Conference adopted the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in plenary on 17 October 2003 following a series of expert meetings in 2002 and 2003.
Entry into force
The Convention enter into force on 20 April 2006, three months after the ratification of the 30th State (Romania), and the first General Assembly took place on June 2006 for the election of the first Intergovernmental Committee.
Directives for its implementation
The General Assembly approves on 19 June 2008 a first version of the Operational Directives for the Implementation of the Convention which define, among others, the modalities for the inscription on the lists, the granting of financial assistance or the submission of periodic reports.
First periodic reports
The first periodic reports by the States Parties highlight the challenges of the safeguarding at national level and the importance of strengthening the capacity of a multitude of actors to establish an effective framework for the viability of the intangible heritage.
A global impact
With some 150 States Parties to the Convention, 156 accredited NGOs in the field of intangible heritage and 77 trainers in support of the 66 first countries benefitting from the UNESCO global capacity-building strategy (English|French), the intangible heritage family is expanding and strengthening.