Mobilizing donors for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage helps UNESCO to strengthen the scope and impact of its programmes.

Three main lines guide our action:

  • Strengthening the capacity of different actors worldwide in order to safeguard intangible heritage effectively;
  • Mobilizing public opinion to make everyone understand the importance of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage and our shared responsibility in this area;
  • Assisting the governing bodies of the Convention, the General Assembly of the States Parties and the Intergovernmental Committee, especially in the annual inscription of elements of intangible cultural heritage on the Urgent Safeguarding List and the Representative List, in the selection of best safeguarding practices and in the granting of financial assistance for safeguarding programmes.

Donors support the work of UNESCO for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in three ways:

1- Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund

The Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund essentially provides assistance to States Parties in their efforts for safeguarding.

Obligatory contribution

The States having ratified the Convention make an annual obligatory contribution, corresponding to 1% of their contribution to the regular budget of UNESCO.

Assessed contributions to the Fund: 31 October 2018

Voluntary supplementary contributions

Voluntary supplementary contributions may also be made not only by States, but also by any other donor, including public or private organizations and individuals. These contributions can be:

  • earmarked for specific purposes, subject to approval by the Intergovernmental Committee to support projects for which States are invited to inform the Secretariat through a letter of intent three months prior to the Committee meeting at which their proposal will be examined (Model letters: الإنجليزية|الفرنسية);
  • donated to the sub-fund created within the Fund in June 2010 to be used exclusively for enhancing the human capacities of the Secretariat, in accordance with Resolution 3.GA.9 (Model letters: الإنجليزية|الفرنسية);
  • unrestricted, used according to the plan for the use of the resources of the Fund approved by the General Assembly of the State Parties every two years (Model letters: الإنجليزية|الفرنسية).
Voluntary contributor (States)Nature of the contribution
AzerbaijanEarmarked for a specific purpose
Burkina FasoSub-fund
Earmarked for a specific purpose
JapanEarmarked for a specific purpose
MonacoEarmarked for a specific purpose
NorwayEarmarked for a specific purpose
NetherlandsEarmarked for a specific purpose
Republic of KoreaSub-fund
Earmarked for a specific purpose
SpainEarmarked for a specific purpose
TurkeyEarmarked for a specific purpose
United Arab EmiratesSub-fund
Voluntary contributor (private bodies)Nature of the contribution
Associazione per la salvaguardia del patrimonio culturale immaterialeSub-fund
Norwegian Centre of Traditional Music and danceSub-fund
Swiss-Japanese Chamber of CommerceUnrestricted

2 - Loaned personnel

Donors are also encouraged to lend qualified personnel to the Secretariat of the Convention to assist it in carrying out its tasks, for a specific period of time during which they retain their employment relationship with the releasing institutions.
Supported us by this means: Azerbaijan, China, Italy and Singapore

3 - Funds-in-Trust

Funds-in-Trust are financial contributions that donors give for specific projects or programmes identified in cooperation with UNESCO. This modality prevailed to support the intangible heritage before the coming into operation of the Convention. Today it is used for supporting operational projects as well as staff working for a fixed period of time within the Secretariat.

Established Funds-in-Trust: