23/09/2002 - 27/09/2002

The first session was held at UNESCO Headquarters from 23 to 27 September 2002. The experts worked on the basis of a document prepared by the Secretariat containing the first preliminary draft prepared earlier (largely by experts assisting in a personal capacity during March and June 2002), and contributions from 59 Member States which responded to the Director-General’s Circular Letter CL36/29 of 29 July 2002. At the end of their first session, the experts emphasized the strict interdependence of the tangible and the intangible heritage, and recognized the living, evolving nature of this heritage, as well as its extreme fragility.

  • Address by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO (English)
  • Report (English)

Working documents

  • Provisional Agenda
    CLT-2002/CONF.203/1 Rev: English-French
  • Draft Rules of Procedure
    CLT-2002/CONF.203/2: English|French
  • Preliminary Draft Convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage
    CLT-2002/CONF.203/3: English
  • Director’s general preliminary report on the situation calling for standard-setting and on the possible scope of such standard-setting
    CLT-2002/CONF.203/4: English

Information documents

  • Circular letter: Intergovernmental meeting of experts on the preliminary draft convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage
    CL/3632: English|French
  • Executive Board Decision 164EX/3.5.2: English
  • General Information Note
    CLT-2002/CONF.203/INF.1: English-French
  • List of documents
    CLT-2002/CONF.203/INF.2 rev.: English-French
  • Provisional list of participants
    CLT-2002/CONF.203/INF.3 prov.: English-French