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

11 element(s)

Intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development: Training for facilitators from Europe
01/03-10-2019Plovdiv (Bulgaria)

Workshop on preparing nominations and international assistance
08/12-09-2019Cairo (Egypt)

Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paraguay
19/20-08-2019Library and Central Archive of the National Congress of Asuncion (Paraguay)

2019 Community Based Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Tongatapu
12/16-08-2019NUKUALOFA (Tonga)

Community-based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Viet Nam
05/09-08-2019Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam)

Training of trainers’ workshop on intangible cultural heritage - Strengthening the network of facilitators in Africa
09/13-07-2019Algiers (Algeria)

Capacity-Building Workshop on the ICH Safeguarding Plan for Sustainable Development in the Republic of Korea
01/05-07-2019Jeonju (Republic of Korea)

Safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and community-based inventorying - National training of trainers
24/28-06-2019Tirana (Albania)

Community-Based Inventorying of ICH in Armenia
04/07-06-2019Yerevan (Armenia)

Training Workshop on Participatory Inventory Development with Communities
19/29-03-2019Moroni (Comoros)

Workshop on Community based inventorying of the 2003 Convention
03/12-03-2019Cairo (Egypt)

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