About us

The ICH NGO Forum is the platform for communication, networking, exchange and cooperation for NGOs accredited by UNESCO to provide advisory services to the Intergovernmental Committee in the framework of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

NGOs are a pillar for the safeguarding of the World’s living traditions, together with the holders of these traditions and the States. The Forum also welcomes NGOs that  are active in the field of ICH and are in the process of accreditation.

The ICH NGO Forum organizes meetings and symposia on shared international challenges in the safeguarding policies and practices of ICH, and is particularly committed to follow the implementation and the evolution of the 2003 Convention. Periodic meetings take place simultaneously with the sessions of the Convention’s General Assembly (every two years in June) and of the Intergovernmental Committee (annually in December).

Here the page with all the documents produced by the ICH NGO FORUM (statements, reports and more).

Steering Committee: Rules and Procedures

Read here the 2018 rules and procedures of the Steering Committee (the document is available also in french): (english or french). Here the previous document (dating back to 2017).

Composition of the Steering Committee:

Africa: Mr. Seraphin Boute – GLODEPM, Global Development for Pygmee Minorities (Congo) – glodepm2003batwardc@gmail.com
Arab States: Ms. Reme Sakr (R.sakr@syriatrust.sy)
Asia and the Pacific: Mr. Dong Hwan Choi – CICS, Center for Intangible Cultural Studies (Republic of Korea) – dhchoi514@hotmail.com
Eastern Europe: Mr. Kaloyan Nikolov – EAFF, European Association of Folklore Festivals (Bulgaria) – kaloyanik@gmail.com
Latin America and the Caribbean: Mr. Jorge Gustavo Caicedo (epci.ac@gmail.com)
Western Europe and North America: Mrs Meg NÖMGÅRD – Berättarnätet Kronoberg/ The Storytelling Network of Kronoberg (Sweden) – meg.nomgard@sagobygden.se
International: Mrs Naila CERIBAŠIC – ICTM, International Council for Traditional Music – naila@ief.hr

From left to right: Jorge Gustavo Caicedo, Reme Sakr, Meg Nömgård, Naila Ceribašic, Seraphin Boute, Kaloyan Nikolov, Dong Hwan Choi




CONTACT for the ICH NGO Forum –  ichngoforum@gmail.com

CONTACT for the Website, Facebook, Twitter, Newsletter: Mr. Gabriele Desiderio news@ichngoforum.org


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