Mr. Sidi TRAORE is a historian by training. In February 2002, he left history teaching to work in the Ministry of Culture of Burkina Faso. As a member of the Directorate of Cultural Heritage until 2013, he is actively involved in the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage through several activities: establishment of the Living Human Treasures system, proclamation of masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage, ratification of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, elaboration of the ICH inventory sheet and typology, implementation of the first ICH test inventories in Burkina Faso, review of the law on the protection of the cultural heritage with consideration of the ICH, conduct of studies and consultations on traditional know-how, elaboration of nominations on the lists and mechanisms of the Convention (Representative List and assistance request over $25,000). He participated in several expert meetings and technical workshops on ICH at the national, regional and international levels, represented Burkina Faso in the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage from 2010 to 2013, was a member of the Subsidiary Body in 2012 and since 2013 has joined UNESCO’s network of facilitators for the implementation of the 2003 Convention. Since February 2013, he has held the position of Director General of the National Week of Culture and is for the 2015 cycle a member of the Committee’s Evaluation Body.
Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal