Japan Funds-in-Trust for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

2005 brochure on UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust brochure English-Japanese

In 1993, following an agreement between UNESCO and the Japanese government, a special Funds-in-Trust was created aimed at assisting UNESCO in its actions in favour of intangible cultural heritage. Up to and including 2007, Japan’s total contribution to the Fund has amounted to approximately USD 12 millions. In particular, the Fund played an important role in the preparation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

In accordance with the spirit of the Convention, the main focus of the Fund is currently given to activities, especially for developing countries and post-conflict countries, aimed at ensuring the viability of the intangible cultural heritage, including identification (inventories), transmission, particularly through formal and non-formal education, protection, promotion, enhancement, documentation and research. The Fund also contributes to awareness-raising about and capacity-building in ratification and implementation of the Convention, especially in the Pacific region.

The various projects supported by the Fund provide examples and lessons learnt of the development and implementation of safeguarding projects in the field of intangible cultural heritage. The following list presents, by region, the projects and meetings that were possible thanks to contributions of the Japan Funds-in-Trust.

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Elaboration of nomination files to the ICH Lists in Bhutan04/08-03-2014, Paro (Bhutan)

Elaboration of Nomination Files to the ICH List in Sri Lanka11/15-02-2014, Galle (Sri Lanka)

Training on the use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Timor-Leste03/06-12-2013, Dili (Timor-Leste)

Samoa: workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage21/26-10-2013, Savaii Island (Samoa)

Training on the use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Cambodia21/25-10-2013, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Safeguarding Nepal’s Intangible Cultural Heritage: workshop on preparing nominations to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, Kathmandu 16 - 20 September 201316/20-09-2013, Kathmandu (Nepal)

Intangible Cultural Heritage Community-Based Inventorying Workshop
20/28-05-2013, Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

Cambodia reorienting its methods of inventorying living heritage14/21-02-2013, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Inventory of the intangible cultural heritage in Nepal19/28-01-2013, Kathmandu (Nepal)

Inventory of intangible cultural heritage in Goroka22/27-10-2012, Goroka (Papua New Guinea)

Inventory of intangible cultural heritage of Timor-Leste22-10-2012, Dili (Timor-Leste)

Cambodia pursues its march towards safeguarding intangible heritage13/17-08-2012, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Sri Lanka25/29-06-2012, Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Need assessment for strenthening national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mongolia26/31-05-2012, Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bhutan14/18-05-2012, Paro (Bhutan)

Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Papua New Guinea12/19-05-2012, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

Efforts of safeguarding Nepal’s intangible cultural heritage initiated to with the support of UNESCO/Japan Fund-in-Trust16/20-04-2012, Kathmandu (Nepal)

Capacity-Building on the Implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Timor-Leste09/13-04-2012, Dili (Timor-Leste)

Capacity building on ratification in Samoa14/15-02-2012, Apia (Samoa)

Capacity Building Workshop on the Ratification of UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage14/15-11-2011, Dili (Timor-Leste)

Workshop on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Palau23/25-02-2010, Koror (Palau)

Inter-departmental Meeting on the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage18/19-03-2008, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

Sub-regional meeting in Nadi, Fiji, on the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage12/14-12-2007, Nadi (Fiji)

Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage through the Strengthening of National Capacities in Asia and the Pacific11-2011/05-2014, Bhutan - Cambodia - Mongolia - Nepal - Papua New Guinea - Samoa - Sri Lanka - Timor-Leste

Action Plan for the Safeguarding of Baul Songs12-2008/10-2010, Bangladesh

Safeguarding of the Art of the Akyns, Kyrgyz Epic Tellers02-2005/10-2009, Kyrgyzstan

Action Plan for the Safeguarding and promotion of the Drametse Ngacham10-2006/08-2009, Bhutan

Indigenous Language Revitalization and Preservation in Melanesia and the Pacific (Phase II)01-2006/05-2009, Papua New Guinea - Solomon Islands - Vanuatu

Safeguarding of Nha nhac, Vietnamese Court Music01-2005/03-2009, Viet Nam

Safeguarding of Lakalaka, Sung Speeches with Choreographed Movements01-2005/12-2008, Tonga

Action plan for the safeguarding of the Royal Ballet11-2005/12-2008, Cambodia

National consultation workshop03-2008/12-2008, Papua New Guinea

Safeguarding of Vanuatu Sand Drawings03-2005/07-2008, Vanuatu

National inventory revival of the traditional ceramics01-2003/07-2008, Uzbekistan

Safeguarding and Transmission of the Hudhud Chants of the Ifugao05-2003/04-2008, Philippines

Implementation of the National Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Wayang Puppet Theatre of Indonesia01-2005/12-2007, Indonesia

Safeguarding and Transmission of the Kutiyattam Sanskrit Theatre01-2004/10-2007, India

Safeguarding Shashmaqom, the Classical Music of Central Asia01-2005/10-2007, Uzbekistan - Tajikistan

Implementation of the National Action Plan for the Safeguarding of Traditional Morin Khuur Music of Mongolia09-2004/09-2007, Mongolia

Traditional Money Banks in Vanuatu07-2004/06-2007, Vanuatu

Establishment of Inventory and Preparation of a Ten-Year Master Plan for Safeguarding the Traditional Culture and Folklore of the Boysun District05-2003/06-2005, Uzbekistan

Safeguarding, Revitalization and Promotion of the Kunqu Opera05-2002/12-2002, China