Portrait of Dr. Ahmed Morsi
© Egyptian Archives of Folk Traditions, Ministry of Culture
22 July 2022

The Living Heritage Entity of UNESCO wishes to pay tribute to Dr. Ahmed Morsi for his internationally recognized expertise in the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). His commitment to the safeguarding of cultural heritage has benefitted local communities and practitioners he engaged with in Egypt, notably as the founder and director of the Egyptian Society for Folk Traditions (ESFT), the first accredited Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) from Egypt under the 2003 Convention.

He also played an important role in the international network on living heritage, including as a member of the Evaluation Body, and as an expert representing Egypt in the statutory meetings of the 2003 Convention. He was instrumental for Egypt’s ratification of the Convention and the creation of the national inventory.

Dr. Morsi also supported UNESCO in the implementation of the ‘Strengthening National Capacities for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Egypt for Sustainable Development’ project in Egypt from 2018-2021, as a member of the project’s consultative platform. He published several books in Oral tradition including Folk Songs and lament women songs. He created the High Institute of Folklore, which is the first educational institution for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Arab World.

The Living Heritage Entity extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Ahmed Morsi and will remember and honor his commitment and enthusiasm for safeguarding living heritage.

Mr Ahmed Morsi Director of the Egyptian Archives of Folk Traditions, Ministry of Culture

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