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

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.

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Implementation of the 2003 Convention of Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

29 May 2016 - 1 June 2016

Amman (Jordan)

Joint workshop on the elaboration of safeguarding plans, Dutch Caribbean islands

17 - 20 May 2016

Willemstad (Curaçao)

Workshop on the formulation of public policy tools relevant to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage

16 - 19 May 2016

Riobamba (Ecuador)

Regional final workshop of the capacity building project in Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP)

9 - 13 May 2016

Maputo (Mozambique)

Training of Trainers on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in Viet Nam

9 - 15 May 2016

Hanoi (Viet Nam)

Workshop on documenting and inventorying intangible cultural heritage of the pastoralist Samburu community

13 April 2016 - 31 May 2016

Arapal, Baragoi, Maralal (Kenya)

Inventorying of living heritage in Suriname

11 - 15 April 2016

Paramaribo (Suriname)

Implementing the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of ICH at the National Level in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

11 - 15 April 2016

Skopje (North Macedonia)

Capacity building on the 2003 Convention in Guinea Bissau

4 - 9 April 2016

Bissau (Guinea-Bissau)

Workshop on the formulation of public policy tools for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage

4 - 7 April 2016

Loja (Ecuador)

Workshop on Community-based inventory

9 - 19 March 2016

Luanda (Angola)