20.04.2011 - UN in Albania

Intangible heritage tops conference agenda in Tirana

©UN in Albania/The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Zineb Toumi Benjelloun (centre) speaking at the conference “The Future Trends of Intangible Heritage"

Representatives of the Albanian Government, Academy of Sciences, Institute of Cultural Monuments, together with scientists, researchers managers of Albania’s intangible heritage and media representatives participated in a one–day conference: “The Future Trends of Intangible Heritage”. In the treasury of its national culture, Albania inherits a rich set of practices and traditions in areas such as language, clothing, music and rituals of everyday life and work, which to date have only been an object of study for anthropology experts, rather than a genuine conservation goal.

United Nations in Albania news (18/04/2011) : In the June 2010 session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the UNESCO Convention on Cultural and Intangible Heritage, Albania was elected member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the next four years.

The National Conference held in Tirana, served to underline the commitment of the Albanian Government for the protection and conservation management of intangible heritage as an integral part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

The conference also addressed issues related to intangible heritage in the modern area, identifying objectives related to protection of ethno-cultural and national heritage, the development of policies to protect the intangible cultural heritage in line with the international standards; while identifying factors that negatively affect the conservation and preservation of this heritage.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Zineb Toumi Benjelloun, present at the event commented: ”Promoting the central role of culture, and more specifically, living heritage in sustainable development processes, is an issue to be strongly advocated, especially in the framework of the UN Millennium Development Goals and the EU accession of Albania. “

Ms. Toumi Benjelloun went on to note: “Safeguarding intangible heritage is essential when responding effectively to contemporary challenges. Traditional knowledge systems and age-old wisdom can teach us many valuable lessons in such specific fields as food security, health and natural resource management.”

Ms. Toumi Benjelloun concluded by commenting: “Intangible heritage has rightly been given a significant role in the framework of Albania’s Cultural Marketing Strategy and we are confident that it will significantly contribute to the “Visit Albania Year – 2012” on the occasion of the Albanian State’s centenary.”

The event was organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports and the Institute for the Preservation and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage in cooperation with UNESCO in the framework of the joint programme on Cultural Heritage for Social and Economic development funded by the Spanish MDG Achievement Fund.

The One UN Joint Programme has supported a series of cultural activities identified jointly with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports and relevant local authorities which include: the establishment of a National Film Archive, the National Centre for the Inventory of Folk Assets, the National Centre for Folk events, an artisan incubator in Gjirokastra, support to cultural diplomacy and the pearl in the crown of the Albanian intangible heritage- Iso-polyphony amongst others.

For more information, contact:

Nora Kushti
Communications Manager
Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Albania

Source : http://www.un.org.al/subindex.php?faqe=news&newsid=308

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