Round Table on "Heritage and diplomacy through the safeguarding and promotion of African traditional sports and games (TSG)"

Within the framework of the project on safeguarding and promotion of TSG and building on the progress achieved since its revamp in 2016, the Permanent Delegation of Madagascar in cooperation with the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Africa Group of UNESCO, with the support of the Secretariat, organize a political, scientific and cultural side-event to the 40th Session of the General Conference, at UNESCO Headquarters on 14 November 2019 (2 p.m. to 3 p. m., Room IV).

Already recognized as intangible heritage by the 2003 Convention, TSG contribute to the promotion and safeguarding of intangible heritage, intercultural dialogue, the development of regional integration and the consolidation of peace through the rapprochement of communities and the dissemination of core civic values such as sustainability, inclusion, mutual respect, etc. The importance of sport as an "important instrument" for sustainable development and its "growing contribution to development and peace through tolerance and respect" has been recognized worldwide by the United Nations (UN) in September 2015 in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the regional level, sport is considered as a real lever for development and a vehicle for peace that can contribute to the achievement of the African Union’s 2063 Agenda.

This double event aims to raise the awareness of UNESCO African Member States and the international community on the importance of safeguarding these traditional sports and games as vectors for local development, and to enhance the richness of the intangible cultural heritage in Africa through the promotion of TSG.

14 November 2019, 2 p.m. to 3 p. m., Room IV: Round table ‘’Heritage and Diplomacy” addressing the issues of safeguarding and promoting intangible heritage in a political, institutional and scientific perspective:
Theme 1: Integration and Regional Cooperation;
Theme 2: Promotion of peace and intercultural dialogue;
Theme 3: Inclusion of communities.


Type of Event General Conference
Start 14.11.2019 14:00 local time
End 14.11.2019 15:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Dally, Marcellin
Organizer Permanent Delegation of Madagascar; Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Africa Group of UNESCO
Contact Marcellin Dally,
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO HQ - Room/Salle IV
Street 7 place de Fontenoy
Room Room IV
Permanent Delegation Contact Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Madagascar to UNESCO
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French, Arabic
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 More on Traditional Sports and Games
Link 2 More on Sport and Anti-Doping
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