Three main lines guide our action:
- Strengthening the capacity of different actors worldwide in order to safeguard intangible heritage effectively;
- Mobilizing public opinion to make everyone understand the importance of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage and our shared responsibility in this area;
- Assisting the governing bodies of the Convention, the General Assembly of the States Parties and the Intergovernmental Committee, especially in the annual inscription of elements of intangible cultural heritage on the Urgent Safeguarding List and the Representative List, in the selection of best safeguarding practices and in the granting of financial assistance for safeguarding programmes.
Several partners support the work of UNESCO in its efforts to safeguard and to mobilize public opinion for a better understanding and respect of the intangible cultural heritage.