Mongol Biyelgee, Mongolian traditional folk dance

Second round of capacity-building activities launched in Asia and the Pacific

06 July 2015 – Thanks to the generous support from the Government of Japan, UNESCO has just launched the second phase of the Asia-Pacific project to strengthen national capacity in implementing the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The capacity-building programme has been launched in the region since 2012 in response to the States Parties’ emphasis of the importance of strengthening national capacity to effectively implement the Convention. The second phase of this project will benefit five States Parties to the Convention, namely, Fiji, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Samoa and Sri Lanka… ›››

China engraved block printing technique

Towards improving ICH category 2 centres network

29 June 2015 – The 3rd annual meeting of the category 2 centres active in the field of intangible cultural heritage will be held from 6 to 8 July in Guiyang, China. Hosted by the Chinese centre, the International Training Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (CRIHAP), the meeting will follow up on the two previous annual meetings…


Parade for la Misa marina, Machalilla 2011

Collective steps in inventorying and safeguarding living heritage in Ecuador

22 June 2015 – Following the signing of the Plan of Operations between UNESCO and the National Institute of Cultural Heritage of Ecuador (INPC) a few months ago, representatives of bearer communities, municipalities, as well as governmental and non-governmental experts, have fully mobilised to launch another significant step in the safeguarding of their living heritage.

Aiming to develop an inventory of intangible heritage in the Ecuadorian province of Manabi, representatives will come together for a workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in the city of Portoviejo from 24 to 29 June 2015… ›››

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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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Mr Pierre Bois Artistic advisor, House of World Cultures

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