From 6 to 8 July, UNESCO and the International Training Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (CRIHAP) will organize the third annual meeting of category 2 centres active in the field of intangible cultural heritage in Guiyang, China. This meeting will follow up on the two previous annual meetings respectively held in Bulgaria (July 2013) and France (June 2014).
This third meeting will be an opportunity for the participants to take stock of the recent developments in the life of the Convention and the larger trends underway at UNESCO concerning category 2 centres, including the status of the programme and budget for the 2016-2017 biennium. This part of the discussions will aim at facilitating joint efforts for the integration of the Organization’s strategy into the medium-term and short-term planning of the respective centres, thus enabling them to continue to contribute effectively to UNESCO’s work.
Most of the centres having gained a solid base of experience, both administrative and programmatic, the third annual meeting of the centres will emphasize peer-to-peer exchanges. Sessions coordinated by respective centres will be the occasion of discussions on different subjects, such as information and networking, collaboration with UNESCO in the global capacity-building programme, approaches to governance and programme planning, evaluation and renewal of the status of category 2 centres.
Eight category 2 centres based in Algeria, Brazil, China, Bulgaria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Peru and the Republic of Korea will attend the event.
Category 2 centres are established to contribute directly to the achievement of UNESCO’s objectives by way of global, regional, subregional or interregional activities and serve as poles of expertise or excellence to provide technical assistance and services to Member States, cooperation partners and also to the network of UNESCO field offices.
They serve key objectives such as the promotion of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the reinforcement of capacity-building for the implementation of the Convention and the increase of the participation of communities, groups and individuals in safeguarding their intangible cultural heritage. Each Category 2 Centre has a specialized field of activity and set of functions in order to accomplish those shared objectives.