Mauritius will host the next meeting of the Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

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The next annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage will be held from November 26 to December 1, 2018 in Port Louis, Mauritius.

At the end of its twelfth session, the Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage made this decision today in Jeju, attended by representatives of 24 States parties. The committee’s decisions mainly concern oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, ceremonies, festivals, knowledge and practice of nature and the universe, and the protection of intangible cultural heritage such as traditional handicraft knowledge and skills.

During the meeting, the committee approved financial assistance to Uganda and Zambia to assist the two countries in supporting their important intangible cultural heritage projects.

The conference also selected two projects in Bulgaria and Uzbekistan to enter the “Excellent Protection Practices List”, which provides a platform for exchange protection projects and initiatives in different regions.

The Commission has newly adopted six “Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in Need of Urgent Protection” project and 33 “List of Representatives of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.

For the first time, the committee passed a catalogue transfer of Vietnamese music heritage. “Vietnamese Fushun Province Spring Singing” was transferred from the “Intangible Cultural Heritage List in Need of Urgent Protection” to the “List of Representatives of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.

At present, there are 52 projects in 28 countries on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Protection. The list helps the State party to rationally deploy international cooperation and assistance to promote the participation of relevant communities and ensure the inheritance of these cultural practices.

The “List of Representatives of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” has 399 projects in 112 countries. The list fully demonstrates the diversity of heritage and raises awareness of its importance.

Reprinted: UNESCO Press Office