Press release

Intangible Cultural Heritage: Committee meets to decide on new inscriptions

The Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee will meet in Rabat from 28 November to 3 December to examine 56 nominations for inscription on the intangible heritage lists. A press conference will be held at the start of the meeting.
Cultural space of Jemaa el-Fna Square

Composed of 24 representatives elected from among the 180 States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and chaired this year by the Kingdom of Morocco, the Committee will examine 56 applications for inscription, which break down as follows:

  • 46 requests concerning on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,
  • 4 requests for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding,
  • 5 nominations to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices.

The Committee will also examine a request for international financial assistance submitted by Malawi and a series of reports on the status of previously inscribed elements.

Accreditation and announcement of inscriptions

Journalists wishing to cover the Committee meeting are requested to register here. The press conference at the opening of the Committee's session will take place in Rabat on Monday 28 November from 12.45 p.m. local time.

During the session, new inscriptions will be announced live on Twitter on the @unesco account. A live stream of the Committee meeting will also be accessible from this page. A press release summarizing the new inscriptions will be published after the Committee meeting.

All press resources can be found at the following link. Video footage of the inscribed items will also be available.

About the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention

The Convention promotes the safeguarding of knowledge and skills necessary for traditional craftsmanship and cultural practices transmitted from generation to generation, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, as well as knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe.

The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity currently numbers 530 inscribed elements. It aims to recognize and promote the diversity of cultural practices and know-how of communities.

The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding is to date comprised of 72 inscribed elements. It identifies elements of living heritage whose survival is threatened and enables States Parties to the Convention to mobilize international cooperation and assistance to strengthen the transmission of these cultural practices in agreement with the communities concerned.

The Register of Good Safeguarding Practices currently features 29 projects and activities that best reflect the principles and objectives of the Convention.

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