Global capacity-building programme

Capacity building is one of the five functions that UNESCO performs to fulfil its mandate. As such, one of the top priorities for implementing the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is its global capacity-building programme. The Programme was put in place in 2009 to support countries in safeguarding their intangible cultural heritage and harness its potential for sustainable development, while promoting broad public knowledge and support for the Convention.

Communities are at the heart of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage

The 2003 Convention places communities at the center of all its safeguarding activities. The capacity-building programme takes an inclusive approach to ensure the widest possible participation of all relevant stakeholders, especially relevant community groups, in the design and implementation of safeguarding activities.

What we do

  • Develop community-based inventorying and safeguarding methods
  • Support the ability of States to effectively implement the Convention
  • Integrate the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage into sustainable development plans, policies and programmes at all levels
  • Strengthen institutional frameworks to help safeguard intangible cultural heritage
  • Enhance monitoring for the implementation of the Convention
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How we do it

The Programme offers capacity-building services at country level, combining training, advisory services, stakeholder consultation and pilot activities. These can be adapted to specific country needs and thematic topics, always with the view to ensuring the continued impact and sustainability of safeguarding measures at national level.

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

For more details on the global capacity-building programme, download our informative leaflet: English|French|Spanish

67 element(s)

MedLiHer final evaluation meeting in Paris on 17 and 18 December 2012
17/18-12-2012Paris (France)

Bagamoyo: how to prepare nominations files
10/14-12-2012Bagamoyo (United Republic of Tanzania)

Safeguarding “living heritage” of Jamaica
10/14-12-2012Kingston (Jamaica)

Review meeting on the implementation of the 2003 Convention with Directors of Culture
27/28-11-2012Nairobi (Kenya)

Samarkand: understanding the nominations process
21/24-11-2012Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

Caribbean Youth Forum on Intangible Cultural Heritage
20/24-11-2012St. George’s (Grenada)

Youth Forum in Central Africa: awareness-raising on Intangible Cultural Heritage
19-11-2012Brazzaville (Congo)

Mongolia takes another step to implement the 2003 Convention
19/23-11-2012Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

Ratification in Benin - what’s next?
19/23-11-2012Porto-Novo (Benin)

Preparing the inventory in the Matanzas Province, Cuba
12/20-11-2012Matanzas (Cuba)

On the right track? Review meeting on UNESCO’s global strategy: Strengthening national capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage
07/10-11-2012Beijing (China)

Safeguarding of living heritage builds in Belize!
05/09-11-2012Belize City (Belize)

Inventory of intangible cultural heritage in Goroka
22/27-10-2012Goroka (Papua New Guinea)

Inventory of intangible cultural heritage of Timor-Leste
22/27-10-2012Dili (Timor-Leste)

Capacity building for officers of the cultural heritage area in the Ministry of Culture in Colombia (2 workshops)
22/25-10-2012Bogota (Colombia)

Capacity building for officers of the cultural heritage area in the Ministry of Cultures in Bolivia (3 workshops)
15/19-10-2012La Paz (Bolivia (Plurinational State of))

Heritage policy advice in Aruba
15/17-10-2012Oranjestad (Aruba)

Second IMP workshop for “Patrimonio Vivo”: three South American countries team up for the implementation of the 2003 Convention
15/17-10-2012Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Byblos: how to prepare nominations for the lists of the 2003 Convention
12/14-10-2012Byblos (Lebanon)

“Patrimonio Vivo”: three South American countries team up for the implementation of the 2003 Convention
08/12-10-2012Salta (Argentina)

Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Kyrgyzstan
08/11-10-2012Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

Another step in the safeguarding of Jordan’s living heritage: understanding the nominations’ process
07/11-10-2012Amman (Jordan)

Implementation workshop on the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
01-10-2012Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

Sao Tome and Principe embarks on an intangible heritage safeguarding project
01/06-10-2012São Tomé (Sao Tome and Principe)

Moroni’s working on the implementation of the 2003 Convention
24/28-09-2012Moroni (Comoros)

The role of youth in the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in South-Eastern Europe
24/25-09-2012Sofia (Bulgaria)

Capacity building review meeting in Harare on elaborating policy and legal framework for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage
03/07-09-2012Harare (Zimbabwe)

Egypt: Workshop on the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
01/30-09-2012Cairo (Egypt)

New step in the MedLiHer project: Moviemakers and photographers meeting in Paris
27/29-08-2012Paris (France)

Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Tajikistan
21/25-08-2012Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

Cambodia pursues its march towards safeguarding intangible heritage
13/17-08-2012Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Strengthening capacities for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in Ecuador
26/27-07-2012Quito (Ecuador)

Exploring the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Nile’s banks: Inventorying activity in the governorate of Damietta, Egypt
14/18-07-2012Damietta (Egypt)

Madaba, a pilot region for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Jordan
12/20-07-2012Madaba (Jordan)

Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Uzbekistan
03/07-07-2012Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Abuja: introducing the 2003 Convention
01-07-2012Abuja (Nigeria)

Encountering Zajal Poetry: Training Communities for its Inventory in Lebanon
29-06-2012/03-07-2012Beirut (Lebanon)

Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Sri Lanka
25/29-06-2012Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Capacity building on the 2003 Convention in Ecuador
21/22-06-2012Quito (Ecuador)

Strengthening capacities of African Universities in intangible cultural heritage
18/22-06-2012Mombasa (Kenya)

Capacity building workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national Level
13/17-06-2012Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Capacity building on implementing UNESCO 2003 Convention for safeguarding the ICH
12/15-06-2012Lahore (Pakistan)

Capacity building workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national level
11/15-06-2012Vientiane (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)

Capacity building workshop on preparing nominations to the lists of the 2003 Convention
11/15-06-2012Harare (Zimbabwe)

A series of local workshops on inventorying intangible heritage kicks off in Gabon
04-06-2012/10-08-2012Lambarene, Koula-Moutou, Mouila and Oyem (Gabon)

St. Kitts and Nevis hopes to soon ratify the 2003 Convention
31-05-2012Basseterre (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

Need assessment for strenthening national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mongolia
28/29-05-2012Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

Strengthening community capacities for the inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina
21/27-05-2012Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

The National Institute for Cultural Heritage and UNESCO join forces to improve safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Ecuador
17/18-05-2012Quito (Ecuador)

Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Papua New Guinea
15/18-05-2012Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bhutan
14/18-05-2012Paro (Bhutan)

Botswana takes another step to safeguard its living heritage with the training of community members and government officials
23/27-04-2012Gaborone (Botswana)

Efforts of safeguarding Nepal’s intangible cultural heritage initiated to with the support of UNESCO/Japan Fund-in-Trust
16/20-04-2012Kathmandu (Nepal)

Institutional Capacity Building for the Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage: Training of technical staff of the School of African Heritage
11/17-04-2012Porto-Novo (Benin)

Capacity-Building on the Implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Timor-Leste
10/14-04-2012 Dili (Timor-Leste)

Kazakhstan: A new State Party to the 2003 Convention on the road to safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage.
06/10-04-2012Astana (Kazakhstan)

Zambia hosts workshop to strengthen capacity to safeguard its living heritage
26/30-03-2012Lusaka (Zambia)

Upgrading competencies on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage and planning related national workshops
23/25-03-2012Paris (France)

Zimbabwe mobilizes communities, traditional chiefs, academia and government officials to safeguard its intangible cultural heritage
19/23-03-2012Harare (Zimbabwe)

Malawi welcomes workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention to strengthen its capacity to safeguard its living heritage
12/16-03-2012Lilongwe (Malawi)

Capacity building on ratification in Samoa
14/15-02-2012Apia (Samoa)

Strengthening national capacities for effective intangible cultural heritage safeguarding in selected PALOP countries01-2012/05-2016, Angola - Cabo Verde - Guinea-Bissau - Mozambique - Sao Tome and Principe

Strengthening national capacities for effective safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Central Asia01-2012/01-2016, Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Uzbekistan - Tajikistan

Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage of Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago through strengthening their capacities for implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage06-2012/12-2015, Belize - Jamaica - Trinidad and Tobago

Strengthening national capacities for effective safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti06-2012/12-2014, Cuba - Dominican Republic - Haiti

Strengthening national capacities for effective safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Central America08-2012/03-2014, El Salvador - Guatemala - Honduras - Nicaragua

Strengthening national capacities for effective safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay06-2012/02-2014, Argentina - Paraguay - Uruguay

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