Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage to hold annual meeting
The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will meet from 26 November to 1 December in Port Louis, Mauritius . The Committee session, which yearly brings together representatives of 24 States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003). The Committee ensures the implementation of this legal instrument, ratified by 178 States to date.
Subjects to be examined during the session will notably include intangible cultural heritage in situations of emergency, and follow up on elements already inscribed on the intangible heritage lists as well as the use of the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund. Several countries will share their experience in implementing safeguarding projects funded by the International Assistance mechanism of the Convention.
The Committee will also decide on seven requests for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and 40 requests for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
In addition, two projects have been proposed for inclusion in the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices, which seeks to showcase projects, programmes and activities that best reflect the objectives of the 2003 Convention. The register at present numbers 19 elements.
The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding features elements of living heritage whose viability is considered under threat. Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity now numbers 399 elements. The Convention promotes the safeguarding of traditions and living expressions handed down from generation to generation, including oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.