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10/18/2021 | Press release | Archived content

A pool of experts to be created in the Pacific for the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO in partnership with the International Training Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (CRIHAP)(link is external), organized a workshop for the Training of Trainers of Intangible Cultural Heritage Facilitators in the Pacific. The virtual launch took place on Monday 18 of October with the participation of over 30 participants from 14 countries.

The training was launched by the Honourable Seuula Ioane Tua'au, Minister for Education, Sports & Culture of the Government of Samoa, who highlighted the importance of intangible cultural heritage in the Pacific. He noted that "safeguarding ICH is aligned with national and local priorities, as well as with the needs of the concerned communities, groups and individuals".

Ms. Nisha, Director and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific States noted that "The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritageis the most widely ratified of the UNESCO Conventions in the Pacific. It requires country level capacities for collaborativeand effective ways to promote safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the country level. In this regard, I would like to thank CRIPHAP for considering our request to work together to widen the pool of the Intangible Cultural Heritage trainers from the current three trainers in the subregion to at least one each in every Pacific SIDS." The Director General of CRIHAP, Mr. Bin Liangnoted that "through CRIHAP's commitment to training and capacity building, this initiative aims to equip participants in the Pacific with a complete knowledge and skill-set through a 3-year training programme".