13.09.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Southern Africa

Seven SADC Countries give Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage a new outlook

Twenty-two (22) participants from seven Southern African countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) gathered for the past two days (12-13 September 2017) to discuss issues of Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) at the ZIPAM, Darwendale in Zimbabwe.

Key emerging issue to promote the sustainability of ICH within the region:

· Southern Africa has indeed increased its expertise in the area of ICH and more work still needs to be done to share the acquired expertise and knowledge.

· Resource mobilization for Regional multinational initiatives should be promoted

· The unique SAICH platform is indeed a best practice and main achievement of the Flanders funded projects.

The Flanders funded projects on ICH in this region has indeed transformed the way of safeguarding its cultural heritage. It is important that countries now use the achievements of this project to integrate ICH into the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda.

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