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|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

Palestinian Law on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

18 - 19 May 2015

Ramallah (Palestine)

Workshop on strengthening the policy and legal framework for the safeguarding of ICH in Nigeria.

14 May 2015

Abuja, Nigeria (Nigeria)

Inventorying Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius,...

1 May 2015 - 30 June 2015

Saba (Netherlands)

Inventorying Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius,...

1 May 2015 - 30 June 2015

Sint Eustatius (Netherlands)

Training workshop on the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage - Moving towards an ICH...

27 - 28 April 2015

Goa, India (India)

Need assessment for strenthening national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible...

24 April 2015 - 23 May 2015

Antananarivo (Madagascar)

ADTCA needs assessment in Sudan

3 - 10 April 2015

Khartoum (Sudan)

Workshop on community-based inventorying of living heritage

30 March 2015 - 10 April 2015

Sao Tome and Principe (Sao Tome and Principe)

Need assessment for strenthening national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible...

9 March 2015 - 17 April 2015

Djibouti (Djibouti)

Need assessment for strengthening national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible...

9 March 2015 - 10 April 2015

Khartoum (Sudan)

Need assessment for improvement of national capacities in implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible...

28 February 2015 - 7 March 2015

Moroni (Comoros)

Joint workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage

22 - 28 February 2015

Willemstad (Curaçao)

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