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 : 47 elements corresponding to 5 regions and 74 countries


List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Building and use of expanded dugout boats in the Soomaa regionEstonia
Carolinian wayfinding and canoe makingMicronesia (Federated States of)
Cultural practices and expressions linked to the 'M’Bolon', a traditional musical percussion instrumentMali
Tais, traditional textileTimor-Leste

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Qudoud al-HalabiyaSyrian Arab Republic
Arabic calligraphy: knowledge, skills and practicesSaudi Arabia – Algeria – Bahrain – Egypt – Iraq – Jordan – Kuwait – Lebanon – Mauritania – Morocco – Oman – Palestine – Sudan – Tunisia – United Arab Emirates – Yemen
Art of Xòe dance of the Tai people in Viet NamViet Nam
Bakhshi artUzbekistan
Ceebu Jën, a culinary art of SenegalSenegal
Community festivities in Campo MaiorPortugal
Congolese rumbaDemocratic Republic of the Congo – Congo
Corso culture, flower and fruit parades in the NetherlandsNetherlands
Cultural Heritage of Boka Navy Kotor: a festive representation of a memory and cultural identityMontenegro
Dances and expressions associated with the Corpus Christi FestivityPanama
Durga Puja in KolkataIndia
Dutar making craftsmanship and traditional music performing art combined with singingTurkmenistan
Falconry, a living human heritageUnited Arab Emirates – Austria – Belgium – Croatia – Czechia – France – Germany – Hungary – Ireland – Italy – Kazakhstan – Republic of Korea – Kyrgyzstan – Mongolia – Morocco – Netherlands – Pakistan – Poland – Portugal – Qatar – Saudi Arabia – Slovakia – Spain – Syrian Arab Republic
Festive cycle around the devotion and worship towards Saint John the Baptist Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Flower carpets tradition for Corpus Christi processionsPoland
Grand Festival of TarijaBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Hüsn-i Hat, traditional calligraphy in Islamic art in TurkeyTürkiye
Inuit drum dancing and singingDenmark
Joumou soupHaiti
Kaustinen fiddle playing and related practices and expressions Finland
L-Għana, a Maltese folksong traditionMalta
Malagasy Kabary, the Malagasy oratorical artMadagascar
Namur stilt joustingBelgium
Nora, dance drama in southern ThailandThailand
Nordic clinker boat traditionsDenmark – Finland – Iceland – Norway – Sweden
Ornek, a Crimean Tatar ornament and knowledge about itUkraine
Pasillo, song and poetryEcuador
Pottery-related values, knowledge, lore and practices of the Awajún peoplePeru
The art of embroidery in Palestine, practices, skills, knowledge and ritualsPalestine
Traditional craft skills and arts of Al-NaoorIraq
Traditional craftsmanship of making Dumbara Ratā KalālaSri Lanka
Truffle hunting and extraction in Italy, traditional knowledge and practiceItaly
Visoko multipart singing from Dolen and Satovcha, South-western BulgariaBulgaria

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

National programme to safeguard the traditional art of calligraphy in IranIran (Islamic Republic of)
Nomad games, rediscovering heritage, celebrating diversityKyrgyzstan
Success story of promoting traditional foods and safeguarding traditional foodways in KenyaKenya
The School of Living Traditions (SLT)Philippines