Cambodia and Samoa on the right track to safeguard their rich intangible cultural heritage
UNESCO release, 22 October 2013

APIA, SAMOA: A six-day community-based inventorying workshop organized from 21-26 October 2013 in Savaii Island, Samoa, is bringing together some 50 participants ranging from intangible cultural heritage custodians, traditional leaders, senior government officials, NGOs, community-based organizations etc. The workshop aims at enhancing the national capacity of Samoa, both in government institutions and in civil society, to safeguard its intangible cultural heritage on a long-term basis, particularly through the inventorying of intangible cultural heritage components, the active involvement of the communities concerned, and hands-on experience. At the same time, a workshop on the preparation of nomination files to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists is being held from 21-25 October 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The event is the final of a series of three capacity-building events over the last 18 months aimed at the safeguarding of the manifestations of Cambodia’s living heritage. It will provide training on how to prepare nomination files for the Urgent Safeguarding List and Representative List, as well as proposals for the Register of Best Practices and requests for international assistance. Read the release …

Mauritania launches capacity-building activities to safeguard its living heritage
UNESCO release, 17 October 2013

RABAT, MOROCCO: As part of a larger project concerning Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia, the UNESCO Rabat Office is organizing its first training workshop on the implementation of the Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Kaédi, Mauritania, from 22 to 26 October 2013. The primary aim of this first activity is to ensure that the key concepts of the Convention are well understood and integrated by the various stakeholders for the safeguarding of the living heritage of Mauritania; it will be followed by a series of other targeted activities over the next months. Read the release …

Training on the use of the mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Santiago del Estero and Buenos Aires (Argentina)
UNESCO release, 15 October 2013

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: From 14 to 22 October 2013, capacity-building sessions on preparing nominations to the Lists of UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage take place in Argentina, first in Santiago del Estero, in the Gran Chaco Region, and then in Buenos Aires. At their end, about 70 participants, including government officials and members of non-governmental organizations involved in safeguarding cultural heritage from Argentina, but also from Paraguay and Uruguay, will have received theoretical and practical training on the nomination process understood as a planning process of community-based safeguarding measures. Further information …