19/10/2006 - 20/10/2006

The objectives of the meeting were to:

  • take stock of the situation as regards the identification and the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia;
  • learn from the experience of other countries in ICH inventory-making;
  • prepare the establishment of the national strategy and methodology concerning ICH inventory-making in Ethiopia.
  • discuss the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The participants included experts from the regional cultural bureaus of Ethiopia, representatives of the communities, NGOs, researchers and an expert each from Djibouti and Somalia. The meeting also welcomed a resource person from and IPHAN, Brazil ((Instituto do patrimonio historico e artistico nacional/National Institute for Historic and Artistic Heritage) and the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Section in Paris.

Contact: OHINATA, Fumiko, UNESCO Addis Ababa Office