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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. ›››

The fifth General Assembly concluded

04 June 2014 – More than 600 participants attended the fifth General Assembly which concluded today with subtantial resolutions. Starting from 2015, all nominations will be evaluated by a single Evaluation Body of twelve members appointed by the Committee, six experts representing States Parties non-Members of the Committee and six representatives of accredited NGO, taking into consideration equitable geographic representation and various domains of intangible cultural heritage. The General Assembly furthermore decided to allocate more than 4 million US dollars from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund to support safeguarding efforts of States Parties.

General Assembly having accredited 22 NGOs, the Committee can now count on altogether on 178 accredited NGOs to advise it on diverse issues. Twelve Members of the Committee have been newly elected: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bulgaria, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia and Turkey. ›››

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Why safeguard intangible cultural heritage? Answers by States…

France
Mr Pierre Bois Artistic advisor, House of World Cultures

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

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Ms Joanne Orr Chief Executive Officer, Museums Galleries Scotland

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