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Unformatted text preview: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization SYNTHESIS REPORT ACTIVTIES IN THE DOMAIN OF WOMEN AND INTANGIBLE HERITAGE: International editorial meeting and future activities in the domain Iran National Commission for UNESCO Tehran June 2001 1. Introduction The UNESCO Intangible Heritage Section activities on the subject of Women, Intangible Heritage and Development are an integral part of continuing programmatic efforts by UNESCO to refine our understanding of intangible cultural heritage and to promote women’s priorities, perspectives and contributions to rethinking of development. This report provides a synthesis of regional feasibility studies and an international expert meeting on ‘Women, Intangible Heritage and Development’ (Tehran, June 2001), in preparation for the development of a future project on this subject. 2. Background Women have been one of the priority groups of UNESCO programmes since the 28 th session of the General Conference in 1995, in line with the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. 1 The majority of existing targets for the advancement of women relate to health and education. 2 UNESCO, as the only organisation within the United Nations system with a mandate covering culture, is in a unique position to strengthen its actions and promote the role of women in relation to intangible heritage and development. There has been increasing recognition of the need to address this role, as underscored at the ‘Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development’ (Stockholm 1998), which was convened pursuant to a recommendation of the UNESCO Report, Our Creative Diversity . 3 The report stressed the need to understand and promote culture as integral to human development on all levels. This approach was reinforced by the ‘ Global Assessment of the 1989 Recommendation on the Safeguarding of Traditional Culture and Folklore: Local Empowerment and International Cooperation’ (Washington, 1999). 1 Fourth World Conference on Women: Platform of Action and the Beijing Declaration, Beijing 1995. 2 Targets and Indicators: Progress of the World’s Women, United Nations Development Fund for Women, 2000:3. 3 Our Creative Diversity (1995). Report of the World Commission on Culture and Development, prepared by the United Nations and UNESCO within the framework of the World Decade for Cultural Development. 2 In recognition of the above, a Draft Resolution was presented by the Islamic Republic of Iran and approved at the General Conference for UNESCO at its 29 th session proposing that the role of women in relation to intangible cultural heritage be studied and the results presented at the International Symposium on the Role of Women in the Transmission of Cultural Heritage held in Tehran in 1999, under the joint auspices of the UNESCO Unit of Intangible Heritage and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO. The recommendations flowing from the Tehran Symposium led to a Draft Resolution submitted by the Iranian National Commission and approved at the 30...
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