The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has several systems for safeguarding at the international level: the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices.
Urgent Safeguarding List
The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding aims at mobilizing attention and international cooperation in order to safeguard intangible cultural heritage whose viability is at risk despite the best efforts of the community(ies) or the State(s) Party(ies). It records the safeguarding measures elaborated by the State Party with the widest participation of communities, which may benefit from the financial support of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund.
The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity aims at ensuring better visibility of the intangible cultural heritage and raising awareness of its importance while encouraging dialogue that respects cultural diversity.
Register of Best Safeguarding Practices
The Register of Best Safeguarding Practices includes programmes, projects and activities on the national, subregional and/or international levels that the Committee considers to best reflect the principles and objectives of the Convention. It aims at ensuring exchange and cooperation at the international level for programmes with proven success in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.