(MENAFN- AzerNews) The Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention's 20th Anniversary
was also celebrated at the Committee Session, according to the
official website of the UNESCO, Azernews reports.
The convention is now ratified by 181 State Parties, and the
list now includes more than 700 traditions and cultural
Held from the 5 - 8 December, the 18th Intergovernmental session
of the Committee was chaired by Botswana. Following debates, the 24
State members of the Committee decided to inscribe 55 new cultural
. 6 practices were inscribed on the Intangible Heritage List of
. 45 practices were inscribed on the Representative List of the
Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
. And 4 were inscribed on the Register of Good Safeguarding
Including these new inscriptions, 730 cultural practices spread
across 145 countries now make up UNESCO's living heritage.
The Committee also awarded two international assistance grants:
one to Zimbabwe for 321,300 USD, and the other to Paraguaray, for
74,500 USD. Since the Convention was created, UNESCO has financed
more than 140 safeguarding projects in over 70 countries, totaling
over 12 million US Dollars.
In the case of more than half of the practices registered this
year, techniques and know-how have been passed on within the
family, from generation to generation. This characteristic is a
reminder that intangible cultural heritage, as defended and
promoted by UNESCO, is living heritage that is preserved by
transmission between individuals – often family members.
The key role of women in the preservation and the transmission
of cultural practices is at the heart of these new inscriptions.
They are the true guardians of traditions, which are also often a
source of emancipation and empowerment.
For the first time since 2008, this year the Committee inscribed
a record number of 10 cultural practices from sub-Saharan Africa.
It is clear that all regions of the world have now embraced this
Convention, and demonstrate the same dynamism and capacity to
inscribe their practices.
The Committee welcomed the 12 multinational inscriptions,
because the Convention also acts as an important catalyst for
cultural dialogue across borders.
2023 also marks the first time a practice has been inscribed as
UNESCO living heritage by 5 countries: Angola, The Bahamas,
Cameroon, Djibouti and Grenada.
During the session, multinational nominations such as“Art of
illumination” (Azerbaijan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Tajikistan,
Türkiye, Uzbekistan),“Iftar” (Azerbaijan, Iran (Islamic Republic
of), Türkiye, Uzbekistan),“Craftsmanship and performing art of
balaban/mey” (Azerbaijan, Türkiye) and“Craftsmanship of mother of
pearl inlay” (Azerbaijan, Türkiye) were also inscribed on the
Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of
The next committee session will take place in December 2024. It
will be chaired by Paraguay.
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