Weaver from Villa Atamisqui, 121 kilometres from the capital city of Santiago del Estero
© Dirección General de Patrimonio Cultural de Santiago del Estero, Argentina
15 October 2013

The cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago del Estero, on the banks of the Dulce River in north-central Argentina, are hosting two training sessions from 14 to 22 October on the preparation of nominations to UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Two members of UNESCO’s network of facilitators, Adriana Molano Arenas from Colombia and Mónica Lacarrieu from Argentina, will lead 70 participants from Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay through the nomination process, emphasizing how to devise community-based safeguarding measures. Combining theoretical training on nomination procedures and practical exercises of evaluating mock nominations, the workshops provide an opportunity to clarify the different objectives of each of the international mechanisms established by the Convention so policy-makers can use them in the most appropriate and effective manner.

Organized under the auspices of the Secretariat of Culture of the Nation and with the valuable collaboration of the governments of the province of Santiago del Estero and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, these workshops mark the end of a capacity-building programme implemented since 2011 in the Southern Cone with the support of the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage. The commitment of recipient countries will be key to continuing use of the Convention as an effective tool for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.

More information: www.unesco.org.uy/cultura