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.
Description: Cf. exhibition page
The virtual exhibition is an on-line version of the exhibition that displayed photographs of living heritage on the fences of UNESCO Paris from 12 April 2007 to 14 January 2008. The virtual version, now also accessible to visually impaired people, presents more than 100 photos in the domain of oral traditions, traditional music, dance and theatre, social practices, rituals and festivals, practices and expressions that communities and groups around the world receive from their ancestors and pass on to their descendants.
Virtual exhibition accessibile to visually impaired people:
Conscious of the importance of improving the accessibility of web pages, the Section of Intangible Cultural Heritage, in partnership with l’Institut national des jeunes aveugles à Paris (INJA), INJA: http://www.inja.fr, launched an initiative to make the virtual exhibition “Living Heritage: Exploring the Intangible” accessible to visually impaired people.
- UNESCO Headquarters: 12 April 2007 to 14 January 2008
- Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates: 31 March to 3 April 2007
- Chengdu, China: 23 May to 10 June 2007
- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: September to December 2007
- France Télévision Paris, France: October to December April 2007
- Santo Domingo and Ciudad de Santiago, Dominican Republic: 10 april to 10 June 2008