16/09/2002 - 17/09/2002

74 ministers of culture and 36 other State representatives met in Istanbul under the auspices of UNESCO and at the invitation of the Turkish Government, to discuss the safeguarding of the intangible heritage in the light of its importance for cultural diversity.
At the close of the meeting they adopted a Declaration which places cultural diversity and the intangible cultural heritage which it mirrors on a genuinely political agenda by acknowledging the urgent need to act both nationally and internationally.