Discourses on ICH Safeguarding Issues

Reports of ICHCAP's Conferences and Meetings


Leading Discourses on ICH Safeguarding Issues

International Conference and Publication of the Conference Reports

Intangible cultural heritage (ICH) may not be palpable, yet it is broad reaching while spanning cultures and has been handed down throughout the history of humankind. It is also the living heritage that represents diverse cultural expressions and has been the mainspring of community identity and community spirit throughout humanity.

Despite this significant value, ICH has encountered transformation and disappearance due to rapid urbanization, industrialization as well as globalization. Recognizing these circumstances, various efforts are being made to safeguard intangible cultural heritage based on the mandate of UNESCO. Within this context, the approval of the International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP) to be established in the Republic of Korea holds great significance in its timeliness.

Before and after the inauguration, ICHCAP has held conferences on various topics and in various formats with the aim of leading discourses on ICH and has published conference books every year. On 3 and 4 November 2009 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, an international conference was held to commemorate the approval of establishing a Category 2 Centre. In 2010, experts from the ICH and intellectual property rights fields gathered and participated in an expert meeting, ‘Safeguarding ICH and Intellectual Property: Trends, Tasks, and Challenges’. On 28 November 2011, on the occasion of the official inauguration of ICHCAP, representatives from Member States and UNECO Field Offices in the Asia-Pacific discussed ICH issues at an international meeting under the theme ‘Regional Collaboration for Safeguarding ICH in Asia and the Pacific: Tasks and Strategies.’ Also, on 30 November 2011, ICHCAP held the expert meeting ‘Building and Sharing ICH Information’ regarding one of ICHCAP’s main functions—information. On 5 October 2012, ICHCAP held an international conference under the theme ‘Creative Value of ICH for Sustainable Development,’ aiming to lead global discourse on the issues.

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ICHCAP has shared and discussed issues during international conferences and meetings and has published and distributed conference papers. In the framework of these efforts, ICHCAP posts the publications online for better accessibility.