The Regional Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage under the auspices of UNESCO continues its activity

The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and Bulgarian minister of culture Boil Banov signed an Agreement concerning the Continuation of the Regional Centre for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO. The Agreement is renewed for a six years period.


The Regional Centre in Sofia unites the efforts of 16 South-Eastern European countries to popularize and implement the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Albania, Armenia, FYR of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Cyprus, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro and Ukraine.


The signing ceremony was attended by Mr Anguel Tcholakov, Bulgarian Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to UNESCO, Mr Atanas Mladenov, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to UNESCO, Mr Francesco Bandarin, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture, diplomats.


Irina Bokova declared that in the past fortnight there had been several good news, the most recent one being Bulgaria’s election as a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, with a vast majority. Moreover, Gabrovo, as a city of crafts, was inscribed in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network numbering over 100 cities. She also pointed out that two new world heritage manuscripts were included in the Memory of the World Program - the Synodikon of Boril and the Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander. “I am very pleased by the fact that in recent times Bulgaria had once again the opportunity to convincingly reappear on the world map.”  


She underlined that the creation of the Regional Centre is a part of the tremendous local activities carried out by UNESCO to safeguard cultural heritage and stressed that she had always considered Bulgaria and the region not simply in a position to give but also to perform an ever active role in this process”.


 “The conclusion of this Agreement is a gift for us since such a centre is a great achievement. It corresponds to the new policies set about by the government in connection with the forthcoming Presidency of the EC Council and Western Balkans as a part of the whole European family. This centre means bearing heavy responsibility and in fact this gift is addressed to us”, minister Banov emphasized.

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