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Call for the ICH NGO 5th Symposium – Change of time schedule

By October 7, 2016November 10th, 2016One Comment

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SYMPOSIUM – Morning Session – 9 am -12.30 pm
French-English interpretation service will be present during the event

The schedule of the ICH NGO Forum annual Plenary Meeting is to be changed to another day in order to give all participants the chance to take part timely in the 11COM opening session on Sunday (time and location of the plenary meeting to be confirmed soon!)

callforpapers2Description of the Symposium

Since 2012, the ICH NGO forum organizes a thematic Symposium on the eve of the annual Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The Symposium’s main objectives are sharing information, exchanging on good safeguarding practices and international initiatives, networking between the representatives of NGOs and State Parties, and the welcoming and integration of newly accredited NGO delegates.
The symposium provides an opportunity to foster dialogue among ICH NGOs on how their work is aligned with the values of ICH, particularly those put forward by the Operational Directives on Sustainable Development.
The theme of the 2016 Symposium at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is ‘Challenges for NGOs in the Promotion of ICH Values’. The UNESCO 2003 Convention introduced several directives, ethical principles, and documents to address the challenges linked to cultural activity and the management of ICH around the world. The event will be an opportunity to address the different challenges related to safeguarding, with a view to strengthening socio-cultural capacity building, respect for the environment and, above all, inclusive economic opportunities.
A keynote speaker will open the Symposium by introducing the theme, followed by contributions of three representatives of accredited ICH NGOs, which are to be selected through the open call for presentations, launched here.

The ICH NGO representatives are expected to discuss on the symposium’s theme and provide a presentation on a specific challenge.

The members of the Steering Committee of the Forum will make a selection within all received proposals.

The call for contributions is hereby circulated:

The themes for presentations may include:

• Application of ethical principles at national level for ensuring that ICH communities and groups are at the very center of all safeguarding efforts;
• The contribution (or not) of inventories in ICH safeguarding;
• The challenge of collecting data to understand the contribution of culture and ICH in the context of 17 objectives of the sustainable devlopment (UN);
• Professionalisation of traditional cultural skills and its impacts;
• Traditional knowledge and techniques as cultural assets for fostering employment, cultural industries, and the knowledge economy;
• Cultural tourism as an approach for inclusive economic development;
• Protection of rights on county of origin, tourism, intellectual property and geographical identity of cultural products and services;
• The role of the image in safeguarding using photography, video, and the internet: stereotypes vs promotion.


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