Adoption of the Convention
The General Conference adopted the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in plenary on 17 October 2003 following a series of expert meetings in 2002 and 2003.
Entry into force
The Convention enter into force on 20 April 2006, three months after the ratification of the 30th State (Romania), and the first General Assembly took place on June 2006 for the election of the first Intergovernmental Committee.
Directives for its implementation
The General Assembly approves on 19 June 2008 a first version of the Operational Directives for the Implementation of the Convention which define, among others, the modalities for the inscription on the lists, the granting of financial assistance or the submission of periodic reports.
In October 2009, the Committee proceeded with the first inscriptions on the Representative List and on the Urgent Safeguarding List.
First periodic reports
The first periodic reports by the States Parties highlight the challenges of the safeguarding at national level and the importance of strengthening the capacity of a multitude of actors to establish an effective framework for the viability of the intangible heritage.
A global impact
With some 150 States Parties to the Convention, 156 accredited NGOs in the field of intangible heritage and 77 trainers in support of the 66 first countries benefitting from the UNESCO global capacity-building strategy (English|French), the intangible heritage family is expanding and strengthening.
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E-Learning Course - «Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage» (2013 Edition)01-04-2013/31-05-2013, Lisboa (Portugal)
The Course «Inventory of Intangible Heritage», a joint initiative of the Portuguese General-Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Open University, takes place from April to May 2013. This E-Learning Course aims at capacity-building of administration and heritage professionals for the documentation and inventorying of ICH expressions at local level, with the involvement of the bearers of ICH.
This edition of the course involves a total of 30 students, selected from a total of 108 candidates, distributed by the following activity areas: local council technical staff, museums technicians, central, regional and local administration managers, researchers and university teachers.
The main objective of the course is the capacity building for the inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in the «ICH National Inventory» of the Portuguese Republic. The «National Inventory» consists of a free-access database (www.matrizpci.imc-ip.pt) which promotes the direct participation of ICH bearers… Read more
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