The International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS)
IICAS is an intergovernmental organization established in Samarkand (Uzbekistan) by the initiative of UNESCO and support of the Government of Uzbekistan in August 1995 as a direct outcome of the decade project on Integral Study of the Silk Roads: Roads of Dialogue (1988-1997). The idea to create the Institute first appeared during the “The Silk Road Steppe Route” scientific expedition, which took place in Central Asia in 1991 as a part of the UNESCO comprehensive project on Integral Study of the Silk Roads: Roads of Dialogue as an integral part of the World Decade for Cultural Development (1988-1997).
There is a close ongoing collaboration of IICAS with APCEIU, ICHCAP, and ICDH (all of them UNESCO Category 2 centres in the Republic of Korea) on capacity-building programs in global citizenship education, Silk Roads living heritage networking and Silk Roads documentary heritage, respectively.
For more information about IICAS and its activities visit www.unesco-iicas.org
 The International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of
ICHCAP was established as a UNESCO Category 2 centre in 2011. Working within the framework of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, it operates information and networking programs to support UNESCO’s strategic plans among the forty-eight Member States of the Asia-Pacific region, with the ultimate goal of promoting the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals through intangible cultural heritage. ICHCAP plays two roles in the operation of the Silk Roads Living Heritage Network:
- – A permanent Secretariat of the Network
- – The representative of the ICHCAP is a permanent vice-chair of the Network For more information on the role of ICHCAP in the Network, refer to the Secretariat section.
For more information on the role of ICHCAP in the Network, refer to the Secretariat section.