Enhancing capacities worldwide for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage


The global capacity-building strategy is a comprehensive, long-term engagement with Member States to create institutional and professional environments for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. It addresses the following needs and priorities:

  • Redesign of institutional infrastructures
  • Revision of cultural and other policies and legislation
  • Development of inventory methods
  • Development of effective safeguarding measures
  • Participation in international cooperation mechanisms

UNESCO develops content and training materials and draws upon its dynamic network of trained expert facilitators to deliver capacity-building services in countries around the world.

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Financial support welcome

We welcome all financial support to keep the momentum and expand the regional and thematic outreach of the strategy. A word of thanks goes to the different donors who have provided financial contributions, some symbolic, others substantial, to support projects for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. For more information on supporting capacity-building see our donors and partners page.

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Supporting policy development in the field of intangible cultural heritage. Training of trainers for the facilitators from Europe.
17/21-09-2018Sofia (Bulgaria)

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With the generous support of the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe, UNESCO convenes a training of trainers for the European Chapter of facilitators’ network that will focus on policy development in the field of intangible cultural heritage, in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 17 to 21 September 2018. The main objective of the workshop is to improve UNESCO’s impact in providing policy support to authorities in Europe for the effective implementation of the 2003 Convention.

Training of trainers workshop for facilitators from the Asia-Pacific Region
02/06-07-2018Hangzhou (China)

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The Intangible Cultural Heritage Section and the International Training Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (CRIHAP) will co-organize this training of trainers workshop which will take place from 2 to 6 July 2018 in Hangzhou, China. During this training of trainers workshop, facilitators from the Asia-Pacific region will be invited to further advance the capacity-building strategy of the 2003 Convention for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. It will be an occasion to review the current experiences of facilitation in the region, the concluded and ongoing projects as well as to present new materials available and discuss new topics with some major updates from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section.

Capacity-building Workshop on Preparing Nomination Files and International Assistance Request
19/28-02-2018Asmara (Eritrea)

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Organised within the framework of UNESCO’s commitment to strengthen the capacities of Eritrea for implementing the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, financed by Norway, this is an eight-day training workshop for 20-25 participants on the elaboration of requests for International Assistance to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund and on preparation of nomination files for inscription on the Lists under the 2003 Convention as well as the their contribution to the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) present in the State’s territory