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.

For more details on the global capacity-building programme, download our informative leaflet: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

14th annual meeting of the South-East European Expert Network on Intangible Cultural Heritage

26 June 2020

Virtual meeting (-)

Integrating Intangible Cultural Heritage in School-Based Education – Lessons Learnt from the UNESCO-EU Pilot Project

27 February 2020 - 1 March 2020

Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development: Training for facilitators from Europe

1 - 3 October 2019

Plovdiv (Bulgaria)

Workshop on preparing nominations and international assistance

8 - 12 September 2019

Cairo (Egypt)

Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paraguay

19 - 20 August 2019

Library and Central Archive of the National Congress of Asuncion (Paraguay)

Training of trainers’ workshop on intangible cultural heritage - Strengthening the network of facilitators in Africa

9 - 13 July 2019

Algiers (Algeria)