Playing the conch during Tabancas Festival in Santa Catarina, Cabo Verde

Learning how Cabo Verde can safeguard its living heritage attracts statewide and regional attention

03 August 2015 – Thirty Cabo Verdean representatives from diverse institutions and backgrounds gathered in Praia last month for a training workshop on the implementation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at national level.

The training programme, held from 27 to 31 July, was organized in close cooperation between the Cultural Heritage Institute of Cabo Verde (IPC), UNESCO Headquarters and UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar to provide attendees with a forum to discuss the scope and objectives of the Convention, as well as obligations of States Parties. ›››

Jaran Kepang: Surinamese Javanese dance, danced by young men on plaited bamboo horses

Suriname taking important strides towards the safeguarding of its living heritage

20 July 2015 – As Suriname moves closer towards the ratification of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, it is timely for community members, policy-makers, and governmental and non-governmental representatives to come together to chart the way forward in the safeguarding of their living heritage.

From 27 to 31 July 2015, a five-day workshop will be held in Paramaribo aiming to clarify the process and mechanisms for successful ratification and implementation of the 2003 Convention, including an overview of its objectives and key concepts and principles. The workshop will also provide a platform for participants to reflect collectively on experiences and challenges in safeguarding their intangible cultural heritage…

Chairpersons of six UNESCO Culture Conventions meet

15 July 2015 – On 29 June, during the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany, the Chairs of the six UNESCO culture conventions* met for the first time to discuss ways to work together more effectively.

In the context of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, this provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the future of the Organization’s standard-setting action in the face of contemporary challenges and emerging needs. This is particularly important as the international community advances towards the definition of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda, in which the linkages between culture, development and peace should be fully recognized and projected forward.

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Why safeguard intangible cultural heritage? Answers by States…

Mr Marc Jacobs Director of the Flemish Interface for Cultural Heritage (FARO)

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Mr Ahmed Skounti Researcher, National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage

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Ms Dinara Chochunbaeva Director, Central Asian Crafts Support Association’s Resource Centre in Kyrgyzstan (CACSARC-kg)

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