Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The East-West Center tells us that the Vanuatu Daily Post reported on June 8, 2009 that Vanuatu's Minister for Education, Charlot Salwai, has pledged his support for the ratification of the Intangible Heritage Convention (ICH) which formally recognizes and protects the intangible cultural law. He made the statement at the opening of the Vanuatu National Intangible Heritage Convention Workshop He stated that a small island nation such as Vanuatu had to be part of the international community through conventions such as the ICH in order to protect its diverse cultural heritage.
If Vanuatu ratifies the ICH, it would join 113 other nations that are a party to that treaty. Click here for a list of state parties to the Intangible Heritage Convention.
Meanwhile, UNESCO announced that the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage will take place in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) from 28 September to 2 October 2009. The Committe will inscribe the first intangible cultural heritage elements on the Urgent Safeguarding List and the Representative List and select safeguarding programmes, projects and activities that it considers best reflect the principles and objectives of the Intangible Heritage Convention. 111 nominations for the Representative List have been examined from 11 to 15 May 2009 by a subsidiary body of the Committee. In Abu Dhabi, the Committee will decide whether the elements will be inscribed.
The deadline for reception of requests by non-governmental organizations to be accredited to provide advisory services to the Committee is July 1st.