The next meeting of the Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Mauritius

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Jeju (Republic of Korea), December 9th – The next annual Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage will be held in Port Louis (Mauritius Republic) from November 26th to December 1st, 2018.

This decision was held today in Jeju City and was made at the closing of the 12th Committee meeting. The committee brings together representatives of the 24 member states of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Commission decided to take measures to protect oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social customs, ceremonies, festivals, knowledge and practices about nature and the universe, or the knowledge and skills of traditional handicrafts, which constitute an intangible heritage.

During the meeting, the committee approved financial assistance to Uganda and Zambia to help them fund projects that are important to the country’s intangible cultural heritage.

At the same time select two projects, in Bulgaria and Uzbekistan https://ich.unesco.org/en/Art18/01254 | |), registered good maintenance practice communities can share inspiring maintenance plans and activities with other communities.

The Commission has inscribed six elements in the Intangible Cultural Heritage List requiring urgent protection. It also added 33 elements to the List of Representatives of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

For the first time, the committee decided to transfer the Vietnamese music tradition, the “Xoan” element of Vietnam’s “Xoan”, from the “Intangible Cultural Heritage List for Urgent Protection” to the “List of Representatives of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.

The Directory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Protection currently has 52 projects in 28 countries to help member countries mobilize international cooperation and assistance to ensure that these cultural practices are passed on with the participation of relevant communities.

The List of Representatives of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity currently has 399 elements in 112 countries, demonstrating the diversity of this heritage and raising awareness of its importance.

Transfer from UNESCO