Morocco has generously proposed to host the upcoming session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, from 28 November to 3 December 2022 in Rabat. The Bureau of the Committee approved this offer with enthusiasm in June.
H.E. Mr Samir Addahre was elected as the Chairperson of the seventeenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, with Switzerland, Czechia, Panama, Republic of Korea and Botswana as vice-chairpersons and Mr Ramiro Maurice Silva Rivera from Peru as the rapporteur.
Morocco has played an active role for the adoption of the 2003 Convention, even before its ratification as it was actively engaged in the drafting of the Convention prior to its endorsement. Morocco has twelve inscribed elements on the Lists of the 2003 Convention, the first being ‘Cultural space of Jemaa el-Fna Square’ inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List. Amongst those twelve elements, Morocco is part of three multinational files that include a high number of countries in the region: Date palm, knowledge, skills, traditions and practices’, ‘Arabic calligraphy: knowledge, skills and practices’ and ‘Knowledge, know-how and practices pertaining to the production and consumption of couscous’.
UNESCO thanks Morocco for offering to host the Committee, allowing the ICH community to meet altogether in Rabat next November after two consecutive years of online modalities.
17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee (28 November 2022 – 3 December 2022)