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|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

13 element(s)

Community based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in the urban context of Old Tbilisi
10/18-12-2020Online (Georgia)

Capacity-building workshop for journalists on the 2003 Convention
17/19-11-2020Bujumbura (Burundi)

Community-based inventorying on local and national level
16/23-11-2020Online (Ukraine)

Online Training of Trainers on Safeguarding of the Viability of Intangible Cultural Heritage Amidst Pandemic in the Context of Sustainable Development
09/13-11-2020Online (Philippines)

UNESCO Virtual Workshop on Intangible Cultural Heritage Nomination
02/05-11-2020Online (Bangladesh)

14th annual meeting of the South-East European Expert Network on Intangible Cultural Heritage
26-06-2020Virtual meeting (-)

Capacity-building workshop for journalists on the 2003 Convention
17/19-06-2020Bujumbura (Burundi)

Integrating Intangible Cultural Heritage in School-Based Education – Lessons Learnt from the UNESCO-EU Pilot Project
27-02-2020/01-03-2020Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Capacity-buliding workshop on community-based inventory of intangible cultural

heritage in Nhlangano
19/29-01-2020Nhlangano (Eswatini)

Strengthening the capacities of States Parties for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Western Africa (Sahel)01-01-2020/31-12-2021, Burkina Faso - Cabo Verde - Gambia - Guinea-Bissau - Mali - Niger - Senegal

Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the West African Countries01-01-2020/31-12-2021, Benin - Ghana - Liberia - Nigeria - Sierra Leone

Safeguarding and promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage in Central Africa01-01-2020/31-12-2021, Angola - Burundi - Cameroon - Central African Republic - Congo - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Gabon

Strengthening capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in disaster contexts01-06-2020/12-12-2021, Honduras - Philippines

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