Content of training materials


A set of pedagogic materials, which represent the core of our capacity-building strategy, have been developed by internationally recognized experts in the field of intangible cultural heritage. Initially elaborated in English, translations are available in French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Portuguese. We regularly improve and update the materials to reflect, for instance, the last decisions of the Committee.

Key themes

Implementing the Convention at the national level

The materials on implementing the Convention at the national level are the backbone of all capacity-building activities as they spell out the basic concepts, measures and mechanisms of the Convention.

These materials provide an overview of the objectives and key safeguarding concepts of the Convention as well as the national obligations of States Parties and the mechanisms for international cooperation. They also offer a platform where participants reflect collectively on experiences and challenges in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage within the broader context of sustainable development.


The ratification materials target those countries not yet party to the Convention. They clarify the reasons why the Convention should be ratified, detail processes and mechanisms for successful ratification, provide guidance in solving problems in ratifying the Convention and explain the importance of integrating measures for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in legal or policy reform.

Documenting living heritage in Bonaire
© Franklin Dominico Antoin (FUHIKUBO: 2014)

Community-based inventorying

These materials cover an introduction to community-based inventorying; an inventorying framework; issues of ethics and responsibilities; information generation methods and techniques; and putting community-based inventorying into practice.

Preparing nominations to the Lists of the Convention

These materials give an overview of the processes for preparing nominations to the Urgent Safeguarding List and the Representative List and then move on to practical sessions that aim to help beneficiary States understand how to prepare a complete nomination.

Gender and intangible cultural heritage

Two units focus on the interactions that exist between gender and the creation, practice, enactment, transmission and safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. They build the practical knowledge to apply a gender-responsive approach to analyzing and developing safeguarding plans, programmes and policies.

Other themes are currently under development

  • elaborating safeguarding plans;
  • intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development;
  • policy and legal development; and
  • international assistance.