Japan Funds-in-Trust for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

2005 brochure on UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust brochure English-Japanese
© Vanuatu National Cultural Council

In 1993, following an agreement between UNESCO and the Japanese government, a special Funds-in-Trust was created aimed at assisting UNESCO in its actions in favour of intangible cultural heritage. Up to and including 2007, Japan’s total contribution to the Fund has amounted to approximately USD 12 millions. In particular, the Fund played an important role in the preparation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

In accordance with the spirit of the Convention, the main focus of the Fund is currently given to activities, especially for developing countries and post-conflict countries, aimed at ensuring the viability of the intangible cultural heritage, including identification (inventories), transmission, particularly through formal and non-formal education, protection, promotion, enhancement, documentation and research. The Fund also contributes to awareness-raising about and capacity-building in ratification and implementation of the Convention, especially in the Pacific region.

The various projects supported by the Fund provide examples and lessons learnt of the development and implementation of safeguarding projects in the field of intangible cultural heritage. The following list presents, by region, the projects and meetings that were possible thanks to contributions of the Japan Funds-in-Trust.

8 element(s)

Expert meeting on the 2003 Convention
15-03-2010Paris (France)

Expert meeting on the Impacts of the Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
20/21-04-2006Paris (France)

Safeguarding Albanian Folk-Iso-polyphony12-2006/03-2010, Albania

National Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Mugam of Azerbaijan01-2006/12-2009, Azerbaijan

Armenian Duduk Music11-2006/04-2009, Armenia

Safeguarding Shashmaqom, the Classical Music of Central Asia01-2005/10-2007, Tajikistan

Safeguarding and Promotion of Georgian Traditional Polyphony07-2003/02-2006, Georgia

The Safeguarding and Revitalization of Lithuanian Cross Crafting and Its Symbolism: Phase I of the Action Plan04-2003/05-2005, Lithuania