21 November 2016Kazakhstan became a candidate for the Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity for 2016 together with other countries:
• Kazakhstan: Kazakh wrestling - Kures;
• Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan: Nawrouz, Novruz, Nowrouz, Nowrouz, Nawrouz, Nauryz, Nooruz, Nowruz, Navruz, Nevruz, Nowruz, Navruz [traditional celebration of the New Year and the start of spring];
• Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kyrgyzstan, Turkey: Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katryma, Jupka, Yufka;
• Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic: Falconry, a living human heritage.
The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will meet from 28 November to 2 December in Addis-Abeba under the chair of Yonas Desta Tsegaye, Director General of Ethipia’s Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage. Intangible Heritage Committee meeting in Ethiopia to focus on traditional songs, rituals, celebrations and know-how.
The representatives of 24 States Parties to UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage who form the Committee will examine five nominations for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and 37 requests for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The committee also examine issues concerning intangible heritage in emergency situations caused by conflict or natural hazards. It will envisage safeguarding measures that can be applied in such cases and consider the role intangible heritage can play in restoring social cohesion and supporting reconciliation.
Ten years after the Convention entered into force, the Committee will examine creation of a monitoring instrument to measure its impact and progress achieved.
The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding currently features 43 particularly vulnerable elements of the living heritage. It helps States Parties to the Convention rally international cooperation and assistance to ensure the transmission of these cultural practices with the agreement of the communities concerned.
The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity presently number 336 inscribed elements. It aims to enhance the visibility of communities’ traditions and knowledge without recognizing standards of excellence or exclusivity.
UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has been ratified by 171 States Parties to date. Its Intergovernmental Committee meets annually to implement the Convention and examine requests for inscription on its various lists. The 11th session, which will take place in Ethiopia, is being held in Africa in following Algiers (2006), Nairobi (2010), and Windhoek (2015).
The meeting will take place at the Conference Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis-Abeba (Room I).
On 27 November, nongovernmental organizations working on intangible heritage will come together in a Forum, see here.
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