UNESCO is rolling out a comprehensive strategy to contribute to a better understanding of the key concepts of the Convention, the obligations of States Parties and the Convention’s mechanisms of international cooperation and assistance. It is in this context that two regional capacity-building workshops on the role of NGOs in implementing the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention are organized in Africa (in Libreville, Gabon, in September) and in Latin America (in Quito, Ecuador, in October).
The workshop for Africa will be held from 28 to 30 September 2011 in Libreville, Gabon, and will bring together thirteen African NGOs accredited by the General Assembly of States Parties to act in an advisory capacity to the Committee or recommended for accreditation. The objective of the workshop is to provide participants with technical knowledge regarding the role of NGOs in implementing the Convention at both the national and international levels, to create a space for debate and exchange of experiences, good practices and challenges and to reinforce dialogue and cooperation among NGOs at the regional level.
UNESCO trained facilitators, Ms Deidre Prins-Solani from the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa in Kenya and Ms Claudine-Augée Angoue from the Omar Bongo University in Gabon will conduct the workshop. The workshop will be held in French and English with simultaneous interpretation.