17.04.2012 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Workshop on intangible heritage begins

©UNESCO -HE Kunio Takahashi and Satya Mohan Mohan Joshi inaugurating the five day Capacity Building Workshop

A national workshop on the implementation of Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003 started at Hotel Annapurna in the capital yesterday with a ceremony attended by some 100 participants and culture expert Satya Mohan Joshi and the Japanese Ambassador to Nepal, Kunio Takahasi, as guests of honour.

Satya Mohan Joshi, who is also vice-chairman of Intangible Cultural Heritage Council, Ambassador Takahasi and UNESCO Representative to Nepal Axel Plathe inaugurated the ceremony by jointly lighting the traditional oil-lamp.

Expressing his delight to assist in the programme,  that is funded by his country, Ambassador Takahasi said that intangible cultural heritage can significantly contribute to develop tourism.  Satya Mohan Joshi said the workshop will enhance awareness regarding the importance of Nepal’s intangible cultural heritage.

Shubha Chowdhury and Suzanne Ogge, who are the trainers of the workshop, presented the programme of the event.

Joint secretary of Ministry of Federal Affairs, Constituent Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture, Bishnu Karki said that the National Cultural Policy, adopted in 2010 focused on access to the heritage and on unity in diversity. He added that the workshop will considerably contribute to building capacity for safeguarding Nepal’s traditions.

Similarly, the Deputy Secretary-general of the Nepal National Commission for UNESCO, Sushil Raj Pandey said that the intangible cultural heritage strengthened self-identity. The inauguration programme ended with a vote of thanks from acting joint secretary Jhamak Prasad Sharma.

The workshop is to conclude on Friday.


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