Thanks to the generous support from the Government of Japan, UNESCO has just launched the second phase of the Asia-Pacific project to strengthen national capacity in implementing the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The capacity-building programme has been launched in the region since 2012 in response to the States Parties’ emphasis of the importance of strengthening national capacity to effectively implement the Convention. The second phase of this project will benefit five States Parties to the Convention, namely, Fiji, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Samoa and Sri Lanka.
In addition to the capacity-building activities that are usually undertaken, such as training on the implementation of the Convention and community-based inventorying, UNESCO will bring on board policy advisors to assist Member States in the development or improvement of policy frameworks aligned with the principles of the 2003 Convention. It will also introduce a newly-developed workshop on elaborating safeguarding measures. Field survey and inventory in pilot communities will still be one of the highlighted activities in this project.
Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage through the Strengthening of National Capacities in Asia and the Pacific (1 November 2011 – 1 May 2014)