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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Training on the use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage 14/22-10-2013, Santiago del Estero and Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Inventorying the living heritage of Belize01-10-2013, Belize City (Belize)

Jamaica pushes on with the inventory of its living heritage04/13-09-2013, Kingston (Jamaica)

Inventorying of living heritage in Trinidad and Tobago
22-06-2013/01-07-2013, Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)

A step further in the identification of intangible cultural heritage in Argentina25-02-2013/01-03-2013, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Safeguarding “living heritage” of Jamaica10/14-12-2012, Kingston (Jamaica)

Safeguarding of living heritage builds in Belize!05/09-11-2012, Belize City (Belize)

“Patrimonio Vivo”: three South American countries team up for the implementation of the 2003 Convention08/12-10-2012, Salta (Argentina)

Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage of Kallawaya communities02-2014/08-2015, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage of Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago through strengthening their capacities for implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage06-2012/01-2015, Belize - Jamaica - Trinidad and Tobago

Strengthening national capacities for effective safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay06-2012/02-2014, Argentina

Action Plan for the Safeguarding and Revitalization of the Cultural Space of the Holy Spirit Brotherhood of the Villa Mella’s Congos01-2003/12-2009, Dominican Republic

Safeguarding of the Sacred Songs of the Voodoo Cult of the lakou Dereal of the Community of Bizoton05-2008/12-2009, Haiti

Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Oruro Carnival04-2005/06-2009, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Strengthening the Transmission of the Traditional Textile Knowledge of Taquile12-2006/06-2009, Peru

Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Garifuna Language, Music and Dance04-2006/06-2009, Belize - Guatemala - Honduras - Nicaragua

Action Plan for the Safeguarding of El Güegüense04-2007/03-2009, Nicaragua

Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Traditional Knowledge, Oral and Graphic Expressions of the Wajapi in Amapa07-2006/11-2008, Brazil

Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Carnival of Barranquilla01-2005/10-2008, Colombia

Action Plan for the Safeguarding of La Tumba Francesa06-2005/08-2008, Cuba

Bi-national Action Plan for the Safeguarding and Revitalization of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of the Zápara Community12-2005/09-2007, Ecuador - Peru

Public awareness campaign in Colombia on the importance of safeguarding the intangible heritage (pilot project)07-2003/12-2005, Colombia