Enhancing capacities worldwide for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage


The global capacity-building strategy is a comprehensive, long-term engagement with Member States to create institutional and professional environments for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. It addresses the following needs and priorities:

  • Redesign of institutional infrastructures
  • Revision of cultural and other policies and legislation
  • Development of inventory methods
  • Development of effective safeguarding measures
  • Participation in international cooperation mechanisms

UNESCO develops content and training materials and draws upon its dynamic network of trained expert facilitators to deliver capacity-building services in countries around the world.

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Financial support welcome

We welcome all financial support to keep the momentum and expand the regional and thematic outreach of the strategy. A word of thanks goes to the different donors who have provided financial contributions, some symbolic, others substantial, to support projects for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. For more information on supporting capacity-building see our donors and partners page.

3 element(s)

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)

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The Republic of Comoros ratified the 2003 Convention on 20/11/2013. The Comoros do not yet have elements on the ICH lists. National authorities of Comoros and other stakeholders are committed to safeguarding the country’s living heritage. 2015 as part of a mission to assess the country’s needs for building various capacities parties involved in the implementation of an agreement quietly 2003 project Capacity building has been developed and a National Heritage Committee intangible cultural heritage which has been an encouraging sign of the country’s willingness to implement the ICH

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

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This workshop is part and parcel of an ongoing 24-month project with the aim of strengthening capacities to safeguard ICH in Egypt for sustainable development. The project is the result a of needs assessment in the field of intangible cultural heritage that was made possible thanks to the financial contribution of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA).
Funded also by ADTCA, this project intends to support Egypt in its efforts to safeguard its living heritage, in accordance with the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. In partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Egypt, UNESCO Cairo has already provided policy advisory services and capacity-building activities based on needs previously identified in consultation with national partners through the sector assessment, conducted in April-August 2015.