05.03.2013 - UNESCO Venice Office

Sofia Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage holds its General Assembly

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The Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe will be holding its General Assembly today at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. Yolanda Valle-Neff, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), will attend the meeting. It will be an opportunity to meet with the Executive Director of the Centre, Oli Grueva.

The Centre is a non-profit, non-governmental organization performing coordination functions for the countries in the region to promote the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) and the successful implementation of UNESCO’s programme initiatives relating to intangible cultural heritage.

The Centre, officially inaugurated in February 2012, is recognized as a regional centre (category 2) under the auspices of UNESCO. Its mission and main objectives include to promote the UNESCO 2003 Convention and contribute to its implementation in the South-Eastern European (SEE) sub-region; to enhance capacities of South-Eastern European countries in safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage; and, to foster regional and international cooperation.

Accordingly, its functions are to promote and coordinate research activities on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in SEE; to organize training courses on related subjects; to support networking between relevant institutions and practitioners in SEE to strengthen cooperation, exchange of knowledge and good practices; to organize regional/international workshops, meetings and events; and, to support awareness-raising and outreach activities. Bulgaria provides the necessary funds for the running costs of the Centre, while the funds for accomplishing particular programmes are raised through different sources, including international co-operation.

The Centre is guided and overseen by a General Assembly renewed every four years, including: two representatives of the Government of Bulgaria (Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) or their appointed representatives; a representative of the Member States, which have sent to the Centre notification for membership; a representative of the Director-General of UNESCO; a representative of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; a representative of the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO; and, up to two representatives of any other intergovernmental organizations or international nongovernmental organizations, which can be accorded a seat by the decision of the General Assembly.

The General Assembly will discuss, among other topics, the work plan for the activities of the Center foreseen in 2013.

Website : http://www.unesco-centerbg.org/

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