11.09.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Regional workshop to review UNESCO/Flanders project on safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage

Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) in Zimbabwe will host the closing regional workshop for the final phase of the UNESCO/Flanders project on Strengthening sub-regional cooperation and national capacities in seven Southern African countries for implementing the 2003 Convention for safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) from 12-13 September 2017. The workshop will review and report on activities that have been carried out during the period 2016-2017 vis-à-vis the expected results and outputs.

ICH experts and government officials from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are expected to participate in the workshop and share the achievements of the project and best practices in sustainable safeguarding of ICH. The workshop will also look at the new challenges in ICH policy formulation; strengthening the role of the sub-regional cooperation platform and involving other universities across the sub-region to play a role in promoting ICH activities; and preparation of quality nomination files and International Assistance Requests.

Over the years, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa has conducted several activities to safeguard ICH in the seven Southern African countries with support from the Flanders Government. The current project which is coming to an end this year focused on strengthening regional cooperation in the safeguarding of ICH. The Chinhoyi workshop will thus also prepare the final project implementation report for UNESCO and the Government of Flanders.

For more information, please contact: d.dijakovic@unesco.org.




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