Browse the Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Register of good safeguarding practices

The Committee meets annually to evaluate nominations proposed by States Parties to the 2003 Convention and decide whether or not to inscribe those cultural practices and expressions of intangible heritage on the Convention’s Lists.

By clicking on the inscribed elements listed below, you can discover the nominations, photos and videos, together with Committee decisions and evidence of community consent.

You may also experience a conceptual, visual and interactive navigation through ‘Dive into Intangible Cultural Heritage’ interfaces which demonstrate the thematic interconnectedness between all the elements inscribed and their relation to nature or to threats.

The designations employed in the texts and documents of the nomination presented by the submitting State Party or States Parties do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Committee nor UNESCO concerning a) the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, b) the legal status of its authorities or c) the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

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Results : 35 elements corresponding to 5 regions and 34 countries


Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al Talli, traditional embroidery skills in the United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
Alheda'a, oral traditions of calling camel flocksSaudi Arabia – Oman – United Arab Emirates
Beekeeping in Slovenia, a way of lifeSlovenia
Culture of Çay (tea), a symbol of identity, hospitality and social interactionAzerbaijan – Türkiye
Knowledge of the light rum mastersCuba
Kun Lbokator, traditional martial arts in CambodiaCambodia
Lipizzan horse breeding traditionsAustria – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Croatia – Hungary – Italy – Romania – Slovakia – Slovenia
Social practices and knowledge related to the preparation and use of the traditional plum spirit – šljivovicaSerbia
The art of the traditional blouse with embroidery on the shoulder (altiţă) — an element of cultural identity in Romania and the Republic of MoldovaRomania – Republic of Moldova


Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al Aflaj, traditional irrigation network system in the UAE, oral traditions, knowledge and skills of construction, maintenance and equitable water distributionUnited Arab Emirates
Craftsmanship of mechanical watchmaking and art mechanicsSwitzerland – France
Handmade production of Christmas tree decorations from blown glass beadsCzechia
Traditional skills, techniques and knowledge for the conservation and transmission of wooden architecture in JapanJapan

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Craft techniques and customary practices of cathedral workshops, or Bauhütten, in Europe, know-how, transmission, development of knowledge and innovationGermany – Austria – France – Norway – Switzerland
The Martinique yole, from construction to sailing practices, a model for heritage safeguardingFrance


Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Oselvar boat - reframing a traditional learning process of building and use to a modern contextNorway


Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Revitalization of the traditional craftsmanship of lime-making in Morón de la Frontera, Seville, AndalusiaSpain

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian GulfIran (Islamic Republic of)


Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Compagnonnage, network for on-the-job transmission of knowledge and identitiesFrance

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Ojkanje singingCroatia
Watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junksChina


Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Craftsmanship of Nanjing Yunjin brocadeChina
Scribing tradition in French timber framingFrance
Septennial re-roofing ceremony of the Kamablon, sacred house of KangabaMali
Traditional handicrafts of making Xuan paperChina


Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Indonesian KrisIndonesia
Kutiyattam, Sanskrit theatreIndia
Makishi masqueradeZambia
Opera dei Pupi, Sicilian puppet theatreItaly
Oral and graphic expressions of the WajapiBrazil
Polyphonic singing of the Aka Pygmies of Central AfricaCentral African Republic
Sbek Thom, Khmer shadow theatreCambodia
Space of gong cultureViet Nam
Vanuatu sand drawingsVanuatu
Wayang puppet theatreIndonesia