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Second session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tokyo (Japan) – 2007/09/3-7

In a recent press release, UNESCO announced that representatives of the 24 Party States that make up the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will hold their second ordinary session in Tokyo from September 3 to 7 at the invitation of the Government of Japan. The press release states that during its meeting, the Committee will continue working on the directives for the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage, which entered into force in April 2006.

“Ratified by 79 countries to date, the Convention, which was adopted by UNESCO in 2003, aims at safeguarding, inter alia, oral traditions and expressions including language as a vehicle of intangible cultural heritage, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices relating to nature and the universe, and know-how linked to traditional crafts.”

The press release also cites UNESCO general director Koïchiro Matsuura, who said: “This Convention is a vital part of efforts to address the cultural challenges of globalization. It can help communities respond to the pressures globalization is placing on cultural diversity, especially in its local, indigenous, and living forms. It also offers a response to the challenge of the increasing multiculturalism of today’s societies. Promoting respect for intangible heritage is one way in which societies can generate social harmony. It can signal a desire for mutual understanding and a way of engaging with cultural differences. I hope that intangible heritage will soon enjoy a level of international commitment and support comparable to that awarded to tangible heritage.”

Click here to find out more about the meeting agenda or to consult the working documents.

You can also find practical information (location, registration forms, recommended hotels, etc.) on this second Committe session by clicking here.


Roni Amelan
Bureau of Public Information