Towards codes of ethics for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage

When, local time: 
Monday, 30 March 2015 - 9:30am to Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 6:30pm
Where: 
Spain, Valencia
Type of Event: 
Category 6-Expert Committee
Contact: 
e.joubeaud@unesco.org

What are the core ethical principles – drawn from the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage – that ought to guide all safeguarding efforts, whether undertaken by States, communities, civil society or the private sector? How can those core principles be integrated into one or more model codes of ethics that could orient the work of different actors, in different contexts? And how can a model code be translated effectively into concrete, practical tools that could be used in the day-to-day work of safeguarding? Those are some of the questions that will be addressed during an expert meeting in Valencia, Spain, organized by UNESCO and the Kingdom of Spain from 30 March to 1 April 2015.
What are the core ethical principles – drawn from the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage – that ought to guide all safeguarding efforts, whether undertaken by States, communities, civil society or the private sector? How can those core principles be integrated into one or more model codes of ethics that could orient the work of different actors, in different contexts? And how can a model code be translated effectively into concrete, practical tools that could be used in the day-to-day work of safeguarding?

Those are some of the questions that will be addressed during an expert meeting in Valencia, Spain, organized by UNESCO and the Kingdom of Spain from 30 March to 1 April 2015. The meeting invites twelve participants from around the world to discuss the main lines that should figure into codes of ethics for intangible heritage. Experts will also strategize the different approaches that are possible for ethical codes or codes of conduct, and whether the goal should be a single model code or several addressed to different sectors.

The results of the meeting will be examined for debate by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage when it meets for its tenth session in Windhoek, Namibia, in December 2015.