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ICH NGOs towards Sustainable Development of Communities

The International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP) is pleased to invite active NGOs to participate in the 2018 Asia-Pacific ICH NGO Conference: ICH NGOs towards Sustainable Development of Communities to be held from 6 to 8 November 2018 in Hue, Vietnam in collaboration with the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre (HMCC).

Since 2014, ICHCAP has been organizing the conference biennially. The conference gives premium focus on the works of NGOs in the field of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in the Asia-Pacific region. This year, the conference aims to thoroughly understand the broadness and depth of NGOs’ role in realizing sustainable development as well as the implementation of the UNESCO 2003 Convention. With the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 70th UN General Assembly, they became common goals for the international community to achieve collaboratively. UNESCO has also been trying to connect culture to sustainable development, drawing from the 2003Convention’s emphasis on the importance of intangible cultural heritage as a guarantee of sustainable development.

Many ICH NGOs conduct activities related to sustainable development based on their experience and specialties. These activities target to achieve, in particular, quality education (SDG 4) and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11). As NGOs are mediators bridging governments and communities, it is important to share their activities and build a network for vitalizing their ICH safeguarding activities for the sustainable development of humanity.

The conference organizers welcome submission of presentation from ICH NGOs based anywhere in the world but whose ICH-oriented activities are directed to stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region. Submission is also accepted from those who may not hold membership to any NGOs but have written terminal degree paper, case studies, research paper, or any other scholarly output on ICH NGOs. Interested individuals and/or representatives of NGOs should refer to the conference topic outlined in the next section.

Interested individuals and/or representatives of NGOs should submit an application with abstract in English no later than 20 June 2018 via e-mail (ich.ngo.conference@gmail.com).

For more details, please visit the official website.

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