The 2016 South Asia Sub-Regional Meeting of NGOs on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage for sustainable development will be held on August 25 and August 26 at the Sanskruti Bhavan, Patto, Panaji. The meeting will be followed by a field trip for exposure to the cultural heritage of Goa on August 27. Thirty-five organisations from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka are scheduled to participate in this meeting. It intends to introduce the new UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development goals and the new chapter of operational directive on sustainable development of the UNESCO 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) convention to the NGO audience. Exchange experiences and collect good practices of NGOs where safeguarding ICH improved the sustainable development goals of the communities. Discuss the modalities of future networking among the NGO’s in South Asia including the means to collect data on good practices and the impact of ICH safeguarding on sustainable development.
Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces, associated therewith that communities groups and in some cases, individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage. ICH encompasses performing folk art traditions, traditional craftsmanship, oral heritage, traditional knowledge of nature and universe, rituals and festivals.
ICH is considered to be the mainspring of cultural diversity and a guarantee of sustainable development. Although the link between ICH and sustainable development is generally considered to be important, clarifying the exact nature of this link and demonstrating the impact of ICH in sustainable development in a tangible manner is very much a work in progress. It is important to assess the impact of development plans and programmes on ICH as well as the integrate ICH as strategic resource to meet the sustainable developments goals.
While the link between ICH and SDGs covers the wide range of topics as laid out in the operational directives of UNESCO the present workshop will focus on two of the main dimensions: Inclusive economic development and peace and security (social inclusion and community building). The organisers hope this first meeting to evolve into a South-Asia online NGO platform through which, the experience and knowledge of grass-root organisations may be collected to demonstrate that culture and in particular ICH is the fourth pillar of sustainable development.
The organisers of the 2016 South Asia Sub-Regional Meeting of NGO’s on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage for sustainable development, include the International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia Pacific Region (ICHCAP) – UNESCO Category II centre at Republic of South Korea, UNESCO New Delhi, the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa and Contact Base, a social enterprise headquartered at Kolkata and working under the trading style of banglantakdot.com.
(The 2016 South Asia Sub-Regional Meeting of NGOs on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage for sustainable development will be held on August 25 and August 26 at the Sanskruti Bhavan, Panaji. Registrations open at 9 a.m.)