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UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage: The 18th session of the Intergovernmental Committee

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The Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee will hold its 18th session from 4 to 9 December in Kasane, Botswana. The Committee will examine the nominations for inscription of 55 cultural practices submitted by 72 State Parties. The event will also mark the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention, which has considerably strengthened the world’s legal arsenal for the protection of culture.

At the session, the 24 State Members of the Committee – representing the 181 State Parties – will examine 55 nominations for inscription on the Lists of the Convention. This total includes 45 nominations for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, 6 nominations for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, and 4 proposals for addition to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices.

The Committee will also decide on 2 requests for international financial assistance submitted by Zimbabwe and Paraguay, and will examine a series of reports on the state of previously inscribed practices.

The core functions of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage are to promote the objectives of the Convention, provide guidance on best practices and make recommendations on measures for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural Heritage.

The Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention deals with practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills that communities recognize as their cultural heritage; communities and bearers are key actors for safeguarding and transmission; experts are associated.

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