Global Meeting 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

This year, the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (hereafter ‘the 2003 Convention’) celebrates the 20th anniversary. To mark this occasion, a global meeting under the tagline “Unleashing the power of living heritage for sustainable development and peace” will be held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, in July 2023.

Through twenty years of implementation, the 2003 Convention has made significant contributions to culture, notably by broadening the notion of “cultural heritage” globally to include the cultural practices, expressions, knowledge system and skills that communities transmit from one generation to the next.

Living heritage should not only be recognized as cultural heritage and a human right imperative, but also as an invaluable and multifaceted source of communities’ wellbeing and resilience. It provides a powerful leverage to address contemporary challenges facing communities and societies across the globe.

The avenues for the future will be presented in Seoul Vision for the Future of Living Heritage Safeguarding for Sustainable Development and Peace, drawing from the panel discussions during the global meeting.

More information can be found on the program below. Participants who are interested in the meeting, please register here.