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27 August 2014 – UNESCO is seeking expressions of interest from one or more evaluators who could assess the performance of the International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (IRCI - Japan) with respect to its objectives and functions and its contribution to UNESCO’s strategic programme objectives and programme priorities and themes. The evaluator(s) will provide UNESCO with a review report presenting findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Complete call for expressions of interest: English
Deadline: 10 September 2014 ›››

25 June 2014 – What can we learn from other programmes and organizations to refine UNESCO’s approach to policy advice in the field of intangible cultural heritage? How can synergies can be created with the policy work undertaken under the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005)? These are among key questions of a one-day workshop that the Intangible Heritage Section is organizing on 25 June 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris with the participation of colleagues working on the diversity of cultural expressions. Development experts from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNESCO’s Education Sector and the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) are guest speakers. The work of conceptualizing appropriate approaches and formats to support countries in developing relevant legislation and policies for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage benefits from the support of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund and is urgently needed, as confirmed by the recent evaluation by the Internal Oversight Service of UNESCO’s standard-setting work of the Culture Sector. ›››
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Climate change, commercialization, tourism: challenges for intangible heritage

04 June 2014 – As highlighted in a recent evaluation of the impact of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the link between culture and sustainable development is increasingly recognized internationally. The Convention, however, is not explicit in this regard, even if the relationship between safeguarding, commercialization and sustainable development have featured in numerous debates in Committee meetings in recent years. ›››
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Why safeguard intangible cultural heritage? Answers by States…

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

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Germany
Ms Christine Merkel Head of the Division of Culture, German Commission for UNESCO

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Morocco
Mr Ahmed Skounti Researcher, National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage

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