Meetings on intangible cultural heritage (co-)organized by UNESCO

45 element(s)

Safeguarding indigenous heritage and languages through education programmes
10-12-2019Bogota (Colombia)

Workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage
24-11-2019/02-12-2019Ramallah (Palestine)

National workshop on the effective implementation of the 2003 Convention
17/21-11-2019Ramallah (Palestine)

Training of trainers workshop on intangible cultural heritage to strengthen the facilitators network in the Arab States
04/08-11-2019Oujda (Morocco)

Capacity-building workshop to raise awareness on the 2003 Convention and the elaboration of inventories
29-10-2019N’Djamena (Chad)

Workshop on ‘Integrating Intangible Cultural Heritage in School-Based Education’
26/29-10-2019Vienna (Austria)

Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in formal and non-formal education
07/08-10-2019Paris (France)

Intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development: Training for facilitators from Europe
01/03-10-2019Plovdiv (Bulgaria)

Workshop on preparing nominations and international assistance
08/12-09-2019Cairo (Egypt)

Seventh annual meeting of category 2 centres in the field of intangible cultural heritage
02/03-09-2019Algiers (Algeria)

Subregional meeting in Northeast Asia: ICH in Education: Towards Joint Collaboration for Promoting ICH in Formal and Non-Formal Education
28/29-08-2019Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paraguay
19/20-08-2019Library and Central Archive of the National Congress of Asuncion (Paraguay)

2019 Community Based Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Tongatapu
12/16-08-2019NUKUALOFA (Tonga)

Community-based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Viet Nam
05/09-08-2019Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam)

Workshop on developing safeguarding plans for intangible cultural heritage
04/08-08-2019Cairo (Egypt)

Third meeting of the 14.COM Bureau
22-07-2019/05-08-2019Electronic consultation (-)

Training of trainers’ workshop on intangible cultural heritage - Strengthening the network of facilitators in Africa
09/13-07-2019Algiers (Algeria)

Capacity-Building Workshop on the ICH Safeguarding Plan for Sustainable Development in the Republic of Korea
01/05-07-2019Jeonju (Republic of Korea)

Workshop on the community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage
24-06-2019/05-07-2019Beirut (Lebanon)

Safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and community-based inventorying - National training of trainers
24/28-06-2019Tirana (Albania)

Sub-regional meeting for ICH safeguarding in South Asia on ICH and education
24/26-06-2019Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Second meeting of the 14.COM Bureau
20-06-2019UNESCO Headquarters (France)

Intangible cultural heritage of the Silk Roads: Identification and Inventorying in Tajikistan
18/21-06-2019Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

Sub-regional meeting: Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through formal and non-formal education in Central Asia
18/19-06-2019Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

Training of National Trainers Workshop on Developing Safeguarding Plan for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Thailand
17/23-06-2019Chiang Mai (Thailand)

13th Annual Meeting of the South-East European Experts Network on Intangible CUltural Heritage
16/18-06-2019Cremona (Italy)

Community-Based Inventorying of ICH in Armenia
04/07-06-2019Yerevan (Armenia)

Capacity Building Workshop on the Implementation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention in the Solomon Islands
03/07-06-2019Honiara (Solomon Islands)

Expert meeting on intangible cultural heritage in emergencies
21/22-05-2019UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (France)

Intangible cultural heritage of the Silk Roads: Identification and Inventorying in Kyrgyzstan
14/17-05-2019Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

From Ratification to Implementation: Pacific Intangible Cultural Heritage Workshop held in Nadi
13-05-2019/17-06-2019Nadi (Fiji)

Side event on the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage: Opportunities for indigenous peoples
22-04-2019New York (United States of America)

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On 22 April 2019, the Living Heritage Entity organized a roundtable discussion on the sidelines of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) on “The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage: Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples.”
The UNPFII is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) established in 2000 with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, the environment, culture, education, health and human rights. The focus for this year’s Forum was on the special theme of “Traditional knowledge: generation, transmission and protection.”
The Secretary of the Convention, Mr Tim Curtis, gave an overview of the Convention and why it is relevant for indigenous peoples to support the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
“There are some quite inherent alignments between some of the key concepts that exist in the UNDRIP and the 2003 Convention. Even though the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention is not specifically directed to indigenous peoples, it captures a lot of those same concerns, especially around community custodianship.”
Ambassador Rubén Escalante Hasbún, Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the UN, shared some recent experiences from El Salvador of an International Assistance project that aimed to safeguard the oral traditions of Náhuat speakers in the municipality of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. The project, in particular, focused on engaging youth in the inventorying process, which enhanced community self-esteem and pride in their indigenous culture. “We have to include the young people, making sure that youth can have a better understanding of their identity.”
Ambassador Hasbún emphasized the importance of harnessing existing synergies between different international mechanisms to enhance indigenous rights.
This was a point likewise highlighted by Mr Elifuraha Laltaika, member of the UNPFII and founder of the Association for Law and Advocacy for Pastoralists in Tanzania.
“The importance of the 2003 Convention cannot be overemphasized because it provides the spaces for indigenous peoples to exercise their agency in terms of fostering their identity and continuity through transmission.”
Mr Laltaika spoke of the potential of international instruments to enhance the cultural rights of indigenous peoples that have historically been threatened by global histories of colonialism and dispossession.
“The 2003 Convention is a central to boosting or amplifying indigenous peoples’ historical and ongoing efforts to assert their identities and preserve their languages, cultures and traditions.”
Ms Hindou Ibrahim co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change and founder of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad emphasised how the Convention corresponds to indigenous concerns about safeguarding cultural heritage and ensuring its continued relevance for future generations. She underscored the Convention’s community-based approach, which requires the free, prior and informed consent of communities in all safeguarding activities.
“This convention…means a lot for me and it can mean a lot for indigenous peoples. If it can guide us through the best approach, with free, prior and informed consent and safeguard all what we have as culture, knowledge and as our future because we talk about the technological future but our indigenous knowledge is our future.”

Other issues discussed included the links between education and intangible cultural heritage, the important role of indigenous women as carriers of their cultures and challenges to ensure compliance and implementation of international conventions protecting indigenous peoples’ rights at the country level.

The event generated interest in the Convention among the participants at the Forum, building on the momentum of the International Year of Indigenous Languages. UNESCO will continue its work on this important issue with side events at the upcoming session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bogota, Colombia, to focus on the role of indigenous languages and safeguarding living heritage.

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Needs assessment for the implementation of the 2003 Convention in Togo
19-04-2019/12-05-2019Lome (Togo)

Workshop on the community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage
14/23-04-2019Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

3rd Training of trainers workshop for Central Asia
08/12-04-2019Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

First meeting of the 14.COM Bureau
21-03-2019UNESCO Headquarters (France)

UNESCO awareness-raising workshop in Mogadishu
20-03-2019Mogadishu, Somalia (Somalia)

Training Workshop on Participatory Inventory Development with Communities
19/29-03-2019Moroni (Comoros)

Workshop on Community based inventorying of the 2003 Convention
03/12-03-2019Cairo (Egypt)

Information and exchange session on the provisional upstream dialogue for nominations to be examined in 2019 by the Intergovernmental Committee
01-03-2019Paris (France)

Workshop and advisory services on nomination files to the lists of the 2003 Convention
26/28-02-2019Victoria (Seychelles)

Workshop for the Implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
20/22-02-2019Beirut (Lebanon)

Training on inventorying and technical assistance for setting up an inventory framework
13/17-01-2019Khartoum (Sudan)