Capacity building for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in question

A panel on capacity building for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage was held on Tuesday in Rabat, on the occasion of the 17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Organization for the education, science and culture (UNESCO).

Organized by UNESCO’s Living Heritage Entity, this side event focused on evolving needs under the funding priority of strengthening capacities to safeguard intangible cultural heritage using multimodal approaches. and contributing to sustainable development.

He also looked at progress on the most pressing needs under this funding priority, inviting programs and recipient states to share their experiences and perspectives.

Building on a decade of experience in implementing training activities, the global capacity building program has become an integral part of the European Union strategy as well as an integral part of the 2003 Convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage at the national level.

Over the past four years, the number of countries benefiting from the program has reached more than 120, with more than 2,400 people from government, civil society and communities who have been trained under the program. On this occasion, the Head of Unit for Capacity Building and Heritage Policies, Susanne Schnuttgen.

Training in the core areas of the Convention, including the preparation of safeguarding plans, international assistance requests and nomination files, remains a priority for many States, particularly in Africa and among small island developing States, she added.

The intangible cultural heritage safeguarding project is a two-year project whose objectives are “to empower our populations in terms of knowledge of the 2003 Convention and its mechanisms”, indicated Sana Sarjul, researcher at the Gambia Center for Art and Culture, specifying that this is a participatory action that will involve communities in both theory and practice.

This project will also enable the design of safeguarding plans and measures and promote increased visibility of the intangible cultural heritage safeguarding project for social development in The Gambia, he added.

For her part, the Ambassador of France to UNESCO, Véronique Roger-Lacan, told MAP that “the purpose of this parallel event is to address the issue of rebalancing the world list of intangible cultural goods so that more African properties are inscribed there”.

To achieve this rebalancing, financial, budgetary and human resources are needed, she continued, highlighting the “important” role of the governments and administrations of the countries in the cultural policies of these countries.

The kick-off of the work of the 17th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was given on Monday in Rabat, under the chairmanship of Morocco and with the participation of ministers and representatives of civil society from 180 countries, plus UNESCO officials

The agenda of this 17th session provides for the examination of 24 reports on an element inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and 42 reports from States Parties in Europe on the implementation of the 2003 and on the current status of the elements inscribed on the Representative List.

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