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The 16th session of the Committee is about to begin online

10 December 2021 –

Following the consultation of the Bureau that took place last week, the sixteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will begin this coming Monday and will take place online. An opening ceremony will take ›››

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Next session of the Committee to start on 13 December fully online

3 December 2021 –

Given that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present uncertainties, the Secretariat consulted the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. As a result, the sixteenth session of the Committee will be held fully online from ›››

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The Finnish Heritage Agency to lead a project in Northern Europe dedicated to safeguarding living heritage and sustainable development

24 November 2021 – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Sweden,

The Finnish Heritage Agency is launching a project titled “LIVIND – Creative and living cultural heritage as a resource for the Northern Dimension region”. The project successfully brings together ten countries from Northern Europe that have ratified the 2003 Convention: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denm ›››

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The documents of the 16th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (16.COM) are now online

16 November 2021 –

The working documents for the 16th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (16.COM) are now online. They include, amongst others, the recommendations of the Evaluation Body for the 2021 cycle, the Internal Oversight Service (IOS ›››

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75th anniversary of UNESCO!

9 November 2021 –

The 41st session of General Conference, which is taking place from 9 to 24 November 2021, also marks UNESCO’s 75th anniversary. For the occasion, an exhibition titled “The UNESCO Adventure” is on display at headquarters in Paris, France. It gives an overview of UNE ›››

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UNESCO launches call for volunteer experts including young people

25 October 2021 –

Many practices and expressions of living heritage are linked to the natural environment. For millennia, communities, in interaction with their local environment, have developed valuable bodies of knowledge and practices to help care for nature, protect biodiversity and manage natural resources ›››

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16 October, World Food Day: a focus on living heritage and foodways

13 October 2021 –

Current estimates are that nearly 690 million people are hungry, or 8.9 percent of the world population – up by 10 million people in one year and by nearly 60 million in five years. The Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2, ‘Zero Hunger’) notably targets the maintenance of genet ›››

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