Chinese Calligraphy

Inscribed in 2009 (4.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Chinese calligraphy has always been more than simply a tool for communication, incorporating as it does the element of artistry for which the practice is...

Ethics and Intangible Cultural Heritage

Ethics refers to norms of conduct regarding acceptable and unacceptable behaviors within a society or community—not necessarily from a legal perspective, but from a human or cultural perspective. Much of the discussion and literature on ethics in living heritage safeguarding...

Protecting Our Heritage and Fostering Creativity

In today’s interconnected world, culture's power to transform societies is clear. Its diverse manifestations – from our cherished historic monuments and museums to traditional practices and contemporary art forms – enrich our everyday lives in countless ways. Heritage constitutes a source...

Culture for Sustainable Development

Culture is who we are and what shapes our identity. No development can be sustainable without including culture. In September 2015 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, with seventeen ambitious, universal goals to transform...

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 246 cities which currently make up this network work together...

Intangible Cultural Heritage along the Silk Roads

The term ‘cultural heritage’ has changed content considerably in recent decades, partially owing to the instruments developed by UNESCO. Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our...