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

39 element(s)

Workshop on awareness raising and capacity building on the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and its implementation at the national level
02/04-12-2014New Delhi (India)

Capacity-building Workshop on the Elaboration of Community-based Intangible Cultural Inventory
17/25-11-2014Bujumbura (Burundi)

Training Workshop on the the implementation of the 2003 Convention
10/14-11-2014Niamey (Niger)

Workshop in Mozambique: towards a national strategy for the safeguarding of cultural intangible heritage
27-10-2014/01-11-2014Chinhambudzi, Manica and Maputo (Mozambique)

Workshop on community-based inventorying in Myanmar
27-10-2014/03-11-2014Nyaung Shwe (Myanmar)

Need assessment for strenthening national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in South Sudan
21/28-10-2014Juba (South Sudan)

Review meeting of the global capacity-building strategy for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Europe and Central Asia
23/26-09-2014Sofia (Bulgaria)

Joint training on the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Dutch Caribbean islands
08/12-09-2014Phillipsburg (Sint Maarten)

Capacity-building workshop on ICH community-based inventorying
05/15-09-2014Bamako (Mali)

Needs-assessment Safeguarding ICH in the Republic of Albania
01-09-2014/30-11-2014Albania (Albania)

Curaçao national consultation meeting
24/25-06-2014Willemstad (Curaçao)

Tunisia: INV workshop
19/26-06-2014Kerkennah (Tunisia)

National Consultation for Strengthening Capacities to Safeguard Intangible Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Development in Ethiopia
10/11-06-2014Adama (Ethiopia)

Review meeting: safeguarding intangible cultural heritage of Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago
10/11-06-2014Kingston (Jamaica)

Morocco: inventory workshop. Marrakech
20/27-05-2014Marrakech (Morocco)

Myanmar pursues its march towards safeguarding intangible heritage
19/24-05-2014Mandalay (Myanmar)

Training-of-trainers workshop: implementing the UNESCO 2003 Convention at national level
12/16-05-2014Trondheim (Norway)

Community-Based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Tajikistan
11/17-05-2014Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

Regional workshop: conceptual and legal frameworks for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in the Arab region
05/09-05-2014Kuwait (Kuwait)

Training of trainers in inventory of tangible and intangible cultural heritage
05/10-05-2014Yaoundé (Cameroon)

Iraq: Workshop on the Implementation of the 2003 Convention
13/17-04-2014Erbil (Iraq)

Workshop on community-based inventorying in Dominican Republic
31-03-2014Baní (Dominican Republic)

Morocco: workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention
26/30-03-2014Agadir (Morocco)

Strengthening sub-regional Cooperation and National Capacities in Seven Southern African Countries for implementing the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
18/20-03-2014Harare (Zimbabwe)

Inventory workshop in Mauritania
05/12-03-2014Aleg (Mauritania)

Elaboration of nomination files to the ICH Lists in Bhutan
04/08-03-2014Paro (Bhutan)

Community-based inventorying to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage in western Guatemala
25-02-2014/04-03-2014Guatemala (Guatemala)

Elaboration of Nomination Files to the ICH List in Sri Lanka
11/15-02-2014Galle (Sri Lanka)

Training on the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage at the national level in Eastern Cuba
11/14-02-2014Santiago de Cuba (Cuba)

pilot activity on community-based inventorying in Jamaica
01-02-2014/30-04-2014Jamaica (Jamaica)

Tunisia: workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national level
27/31-01-2014Matmata (Tunisia)

Training on the use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Lao PDR
20/24-01-2014Vientiane (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)

Strengthening national capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in eight countries in Africa and the Arab Region: assessing needs and developing project proposals05-2014/03-2019, Comoros - Djibouti - Egypt - Madagascar - Palestine - Sudan - Yemen - South Sudan

Strengthening the capacities of Suriname and Dutch Caribbean islands for implementing the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage05-2014/31-12-2018, Curaçao - Aruba - Suriname - Sint Maarten

Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage03-2014/03-2018, Syrian Arab Republic

Strengthening the capacities of Eritrea for implementing the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage21-03-2014/31-12-2017, Eritrea

Support to the effective implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Nigeria07-2014/07-2017, Nigeria

Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage of Kallawaya communities02-2014/12-2015, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Needs assessment in Albania11-2014/03-2015, Albania

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