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

52 element(s)

Emergency workshop on nominations for Iraq
26/28-12-2015Amman, Jordan (Iraq)

Emergency workshop on community-based inventorying for Iraq
19/24-12-2015Amman, Jordan (Iraq)

Information Session Capacity-building programme
01/04-12-2015Windhoek (Namibia)

Final workshop in Sao Tomé and Principe: community-based inventories for a national safeguarding strategy of cultural intangible heritage
23/27-11-2015Sao Tome (Sao Tome and Principe)

Training on the use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
16/20-11-2015Apia (Samoa)

Training workshop on the implementation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention in Angola
09/13-11-2015Luanda (Angola)

Refresher workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage
08/15-11-2015Luang Prabang (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)

Regional symposium on the development of post-graduate degrees focusing on intangible cultural heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region
02/03-11-2015Bangkok (Thailand)

Training workshop on the preparation of nomination files for the Convention’s lists and of requests for international assistance.
02/06-11-2015Hammamet, Nabeul (Tunisia)

Workshop on implementing the Convention at national level
25/29-10-2015Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Training Workshop on Community-Based Inventorying in Monaco
22-10-2015Monaco (Monaco)

Community-based inventorying workshop in Norway
19/23-10-2015Trondheim (Norway)

Transmission workshop from elderly to younger Kallawayas
17/22-10-2015Curva (Bolivia (Plurinational State of))

Training on the use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
05/09-10-2015Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

Inventorying Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Suriname to implement the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.’
01-10-2015/31-12-2015Willemstad (Curaçao)

Community inventories: Boubon, Agadez and Habbanae practice
01-10-2015/31-12-2015Boubon, Agadez (Niger)

Training on the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national level in Fiji
24/29-09-2015Suva (Fiji)

Training workshop on community-based inventorying
23-09-2015/03-10-2015Ribeira Grande de Santiago (Cabo Verde)

Training on the use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
14/18-09-2015Taunggyi (Myanmar)

Implementation the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of ICH at the National level in Albania
14/18-09-2015Tirana (Albania)

Transmission workshop from elderly to younger Kallawayas
13/18-09-2015Charazani (Bolivia (Plurinational State of))

Inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in Ecuador
02/07-09-2015Loja (Ecuador)

Inventorying of living heritage in Ecuador
24/29-08-2015Riobamba (Ecuador)

Need assessment for strengthening national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Egpyt
09/15-08-2015Cairo (Egypt)

Training workshop on the implementation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention
27/31-07-2015Praia (Cabo Verde)

Suriname taking important strides towards the safeguarding of its living heritage
27/31-07-2015Paramaribo (Suriname)

Worskhop on Providing Technical Assistance to States Parties requesting International Assistance
20/22-07-2015Paris (France)

Field survey and inventory in pilot communities Samoa
20-07-2015/21-08-2015Upolu, Savail (Samoa)

Inventorying Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Suriname to implement the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.’
01-07-2015/31-10-2015Philipsburg (Sint Maarten)

Collective steps in inventorying and safeguarding living heritage in Ecuador
24/29-06-2015Portoviejo (Ecuador)

Training Workshop on the Implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
08/12-06-2015Valposchiavo (Switzerland), Tirano (Italy) (Italy)

Developing a follow-up and evaluation mechanism for capacity-building activities
01/03-06-2015Paris (France)

Inventorying Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Suriname to implement the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.’
27-05-2015/06-06-2015Kralendijk, Bonaire (Netherlands)

Workshop Development of nominations for inscription on the Lists of the Convention
25/29-05-2015Casablanca (Morocco)

Palestinian Law on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
18/19-05-2015Ramallah (Palestine)

Workshop on strengthening the policy and legal framework for the safeguarding of ICH in Nigeria.
14-05-2015Abuja, Nigeria (Nigeria)

Inventorying Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Suriname to implement the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.’
01-05-2015/30-06-2015Saba (Netherlands)

Inventorying Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Suriname to implement the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.’
01-05-2015/30-06-2015Sint Eustatius (Netherlands)

Training workshop on the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage - Moving towards an ICH Inventory for a State of Goa
27/28-04-2015Goa, India (India)

Need assessment for strenthening national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Madagascar
24-04-2015/23-05-2015Antananarivo (Madagascar)

ADTCA needs assessment in Sudan
03/10-04-2015Khartoum (Sudan)

Workshop on community-based inventorying of living heritage
30-03-2015/10-04-2015Sao Tome and Principe (Sao Tome and Principe)

Need assessment for strenthening national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Djibouti
09-03-2015/17-04-2015Djibouti (Djibouti)

Need assessment for strengthening national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Sudan
09-03-2015/10-04-2015Khartoum (Sudan)

Need assessment for improvement of national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Comoros
28-02-2015/07-03-2015Moroni (Comoros)

Joint workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage
22/28-02-2015Willemstad (Curaçao)

Training Workshop on the Implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of theIntangible Cultural Heritage
17/19-02-2015Goma Nord-KIVU (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Training on the 2003 Convention
09/13-02-2015Beirut, Lebanon (Syrian Arab Republic)

Training of trainers workshop on safeguarding plans and policy support for intangible cultural heritage for facilitators from the Asia-Pacific Region
19/23-01-2015Shenzhen (China)

Strengthening national capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Guatemala10-2015/12-2018, Guatemala

Strengthening national capacities for effective safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Asia and the Pacific04-2015/31-10-2017, Fiji - Lao People’s Democratic Republic - Mongolia - Samoa - Sri Lanka

Strengthening capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Ecuador02-2015/06-2017, Ecuador

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