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.

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43 element(s)

Regional meeting: Cooperation mechanisms for intangible heritage and higher education
21/22-11-2017Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Training workshop on the preparation of safeguarding plans for intangible cultural heritage and Meeting on results of inventorying exercise
20/22-11-2017Azrou (Morocco)

Training workshop on the elaboration of a national strategy for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage
28/30-10-2017Hammamet (Tunisia)

Stakeholders’ meeting
26-10-2017Abuja (Nigeria)

Training workshop on the development of safeguarding plans for intangible cultural heritage and Presentation meeting on outcomes of inventorying exercise
08/10-10-2017Atar (Mauritania)

Training of trainers workshop for the European chapter of the global facilitators’ network
18/22-09-2017Sofia (Bulgaria)

Fieldwork for Inventorying and Digital Archiving of Eritrean Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)
15-09-2017/03-11-2017Anseba, Gash-Barka, Maekel, South, Northern Red sea, Southern Red Sea (Eritrea)

Needs-assessment Safeguarding ICH in Bosnia and Herzegovina
01-09-2017/31-12-2017Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Needs assessement for safegaurding ICH in the Republic of Congo
16/29-08-2017Brazzaville (Congo)

Workshop on the Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of ICH and Community-based ICH Inventorying in Tuvalu
24/29-07-2017Funafuti (Tuvalu)

Training workshop on the development of safeguarding plans for intangible cultural heritage
12/14-07-2017Djerba (Tunisia)

Safeguarding Nigeria’s Intangible Cultural Heritage: Workshop on preparation of nomination files to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists and the preparation of request for International Assistance.
26/30-06-2017Abuja (Nigeria)

Strengthening the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage: sub-regional training workshop for facilitators from Central Asia
19/23-06-2017Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

Community-based inventorying to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage in western Guatemala
05/09-06-2017Santa Apolonia, Guatemala (Guatemala)

Community based Inventorying in Mongolia
01-06-2017/13-10-2017Khentii, Dornod, Sukhbaatar (Mongolia)

Training workshop on the preparation of International Assistance requests
26/28-05-2017Beni Mellal (Morocco)

Integrating intangible cultural heritage in education: Intersectoral meeting with Education Institutes and programmes
17/19-05-2017Paris (France)

Training workshop on the preparation of International Assistance requests
16/18-05-2017Tabarka (Tunisia)

Needs Assessment for the Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at National Level
06/18-05-2017Conakry (Guinea)

Workshop on elaborating safeguarding plans, ICH legislation and policies
03/06-05-2017Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Reinforcement Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Suriname to implement the Convention ICH’
01/31-05-2017Oranjestad (Aruba)

Reinforcement Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Suriname to implement the Convention ICH’
01-05-2017/30-06-2017Kralendijk, Bonaire (Netherlands)

Reinforcement Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Suriname to implement the Convention ICH’
01/31-05-2017Sint Eustatius (Netherlands)

Reinforcement Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Suriname to implement the Convention ICH’
01/31-05-2017Paramaribo (Suriname)

Developing Safeguarding plans
16/20-04-2017Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Joint workshop on the nomination, Dutch Caribbean islands
08/11-04-2017Kralendijk, Bonaire (Netherlands)

Workshop on community-based inventorying in the context of implementing the 2003 Convention in Eritrea
03/18-04-2017Asmara (Eritrea)

Capacity-building workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national level in Guatemala
03/07-04-2017Guatemala (Guatemala)

Training workshop on the preparation of International Assistance requests
01/03-04-2017Atar (Mauritania)

Reinforcement Field Exercises for the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Suriname to implement the Convention ICH’
01-04-2017/30-05-2017Philipsburg (Sint Maarten)

Field survey and inventorying of ICH elements in Fiji
01-04-2017/31-07-2017Fiji (Fiji)

Nomination of the UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of ICH in Montenegro
07/11-03-2017Cetinje (Montenegro)

Envisioning the future of the global capacity-building programme and its facilitators’ network - Strategy meeting with facilitators
06/09-03-2017Bangkok (Thailand)

Workshop on the preparation of nominations and safeguarding plans in Norway
21/24-02-2017Trondheim (Norway)

Training on the use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Fiji
20/24-02-2017Suva (Fiji)

Community-based inventorying workshop with the Bida community
20/24-02-2017Niger State (Nigeria)

Policy Advisory Mission Sri Lanka
23/27-01-2017Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Safeguarding and valorization of knowledge and know-how linked to craftsmanship in danger of disappearing17-10-2017/31-12-2020, Morocco

Strengthening national capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Sudan30-05-2017/30-06-2020, Sudan

Strengthening national capacities for safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Egypt for sustainable development30-05-2017/31-12-2019, Egypt

Strengthening capacities in the Comoros for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage for sustainable development01-11-2017/31-12-2019, Comoros

Protecting Cultural Heritage and Diversity in Complex Emergencies for Stabilization and Peace01-10-2017/30-09-2019, Iraq

Strengthening national capacities for safeguarding Palestinian intangible cultural heritage 30-05-2017/30-06-2019, Palestine

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