8th session of the Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage opens in Baku
UNESCO press release, 2 December 2013

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN: The eighth yearly meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage, chaired by Abulfas Garayev, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, opened in Baku in the presence of some 800 delegates from approximately 100 countries. From 2 to 7 December, the 24 members of the Committee in charge of implementing UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage will take stock of achievements in promoting intangible cultural heritage ten years after the adoption of the Convention, which has been ratified by 157 States Parties. During the meeting, the Committee inscribed new elements in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding including: Chovqan, a traditional Karabakh horse-riding game in the Republic of Azerbaijan; the Paach ceremony celebrated in Guatemala; Mongolian calligraphy; and the Empaako tradition of the Batooro, Banyoro, Batuku, Batagwenda and Banyabindi of western Uganda. In addition, 14 elements were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

An exhibition from 28 October to 10 December 2013 on the railings of the UNESCO buildings in Paris, France, aims to illustrate the role that living heritage can play in sustainable development, and will be available to the public in digital form in the future. The examples taken from different parts of the world have attempted to show how the cultural practices, expressions and knowledge that form the intangible cultural heritage are important, among other things, for the respect of sustainable environment, food security, the support of community livelihoods, strengthening social cohesion and resolving disputes. Read the release … Further information on the meeting … Visit the meeting’s website … Follow the meeting’s live webcast …