The Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe is hosting a review meeting in Sofia from 23 to 26 September 2014 co-organized with the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section of UNESCO. The meeting will review the implementation of the global capacity-building strategy for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Europe and Central Asia. This important exercise is possible thanks to the generous support of the Bulgarian authorities and funds from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund.
After 3 years of implementation, time has come to take stock of UNESCO’s global capacity-building strategy for strengthening the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Central Asia and Europe. The meeting in Bulgaria will be the fourth review of its kind; it follows the one in the Asia-Pacific region (2012), another for Latin America and the Caribbean region (2013) and a third for the Arab region (2014). This meeting will also feature the most recent developments of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and introduce new training and guidance materials developed recently by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section.
The meeting will be structured in 4 main sections: assessing project implementation (general update on the capacity-building strategy, followed by a discussion on what has been implemented and achieved in Europe and Central Asia since the launch of the strategy); assessing training delivery (focussed on the content of the capacity building programme; updates on the evolving programme contents and formats (introducing latest developments in the capacity building strategy; and, summary and conclusions (proposing new ways of work and cooperation).
The workshop sessions will include presentations, plenary discussions and group work. Participants in the meeting will include: 8 UNESCO-trained facilitators and 8 UNESCO programme specialists from Headquarters and field offices who are closely involved in implementing the global strategy, including staff from the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy). Professional staff from the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe will also attend the meeting.
The meeting is expected to deliver a constructive feedback on the programme implementation developed by the UNESCO Secretariat, as well as a set of suggestions and proposals to further improve the pedagogic materials used in the capacity-building programme and the integration of new themes, such as policy advice, sustainable development, gender, etc.
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The global capacity-building strategy for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage was put in place by UNESCO in 2009 to assist States Parties in creating institutional and professional environments favourable to the sustainable safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and in promoting broad public knowledge and support for the Convention’s concept and objectives. The strategy became operational in 2011 thanks to the commitment of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the support from donor countries.