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.

2 element(s)

Workshop on community-based inventory and participative video
19/29-03-2019Moroni (Comoros)

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Within the framework of the project ’Strengthening the capacities of the Comoros for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage for sustainable development’, a workshop on community-based inventorying will be organized in Moroni from 19 to 29 March 2019. This activity aims to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct inventories adapted to the specificities of local communities and based on collective community engagement. In this regard, 25 people will participate in the workshop, including ministerial officials, community organizations(, members of local communities, researchers and non-governmental organizations. This activity is organized in collaboration with the Comoros Directorate General of Arts and Culture and the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa in Nairobi.

Training Workshop on Participatory Inventory Development with Communities
19/29-03-2019Moroni (Comoros)

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The Republic of Comoros ratified the 2003 Convention on 20/11/2013. The Comoros do not yet have elements on the ICH lists. National authorities of Comoros and other stakeholders are committed to safeguarding the country’s living heritage. 2015 as part of a mission to assess the country’s needs for building various capacities parties involved in the implementation of an agreement quietly 2003 project Capacity building has been developed and a National Heritage Committee intangible cultural heritage which has been an encouraging sign of the country’s willingness to implement the ICH