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00446-EN - 3 COM ITH/08/3.COM/CONF.203/1 Paris, 1 October...

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3 COM ITH/08/3.COM/CONF.203/1 Paris, 1 October 2008 Original: French UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION CONVENTION FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE Third session Istanbul, Turkey, 4 to 8 November 2008 Item 1 of the provisional agenda : Incorporation of items proclaimed Masterpieces in the Representative List Summary Article 31.1. of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage stipulates that the Committee shall incorporate in the Representative List the items proclaimed by UNESCO ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ before the entry into force of that Convention. Decision required : paragraph 6
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1. By Resolution 29/23, the General Conference of UNESCO created in 1997 an international distinction entitled ‘Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’. At its 155th session, the Organization’s Executive Board adopted the regulations relating to the Proclamation. Over 100 countries have participated in the programme since its inception. 2. In three successive proclamations (2001, 2003 and 2005), the Director General of UNESCO proclaimed as Masterpieces 90 items from 71 countries in all the regions of the world: 19 in 2001, 28 in 2003 and 43 in 2005. The geographical distribution of the 90 items proclaimed Masterpieces is as follows: 18 in Africa, 7 in the Arab States, 20 in Europe, 19 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 26 in Asia and the Pacific. Nine of the items proclaimed Masterpieces are multinational. 3. Recalling the proclamation programme in its preamble, the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage emphasizes the important role of this initiative, which has made the international community more aware of the importance of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. All the items proclaimed Masterpieces are representative of the richness of this heritage and illustrate cultural diversity and human creativity. 4.
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