05/12/2005 - 06/12/2005

The meeting on criteria for inscription of intangible heritage elements on the Lists to be established under the 2003 Convention (Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding) was attended by experts coming from some 15 UNESCO Member States and by observers from another 30 Member States.

The report summarises the debates of the meeting and presents the selection criteria as recommended at the conclusion of the meeting, relating in particular :

  • to the definition of intangible heritage given in the Convention,
  • to the need of involving communities in the whole identification and safeguarding process,
  • and to the importance of transmission of ICH.