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A UNESCO intergovernmental committee meets in Nairobi this week to evaluate 51 elements of intangible heritage from 29 countries - including Ojkanke singing (Croatia), Chhau dance (India) and Flamenco (Spain) - for inclusion on the Urgent Safeguarding List. UNESCO
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STORY: UNESCO / HERITAGE SAFEGUARDS
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SOURCE: UNESCO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS

DATELINE: OCTOBER 2010, UNESCO HQ PARIS, FRANCE/ FILE

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FILE – 2009, CHINA

1. Various shots, junk being built using watertight-bulkhead technology
2. Wide shot, junk in the water

OCTOBER 2010, UNESCO HQ PARIS, FRANCE

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Cécile Duvelle, Chief of Section UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage:
“The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, intends to safeguard the expressions of intangible cultural heritage that are endangered, because of processes of globalization, of the widespread communication worldwide, which is threatening seriously some very fragile, yet very important heritage.”

FILE – 2009, CHINA

4. Various shots, wooden movable-type printing

OCTOBER 2010, UNESCO HQ PARIS, FRANCE

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Cécile Duvelle, Chief of Section UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage:

“The states are inscribing by themselves, are proposing by themselves, elements they feel deem the attention of the international community. They foresee safeguarding plans, but they very often need the mobilization, including by funding, of the international community.”

FILE – 2009, CROATIA

6. Various shots, Ojkanje singing

FILE – 2009, CHINA

7. Various shots, Meshrep

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Parties to the international convention on the preservation of the world’s intangible cultural heritage gathered in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, today (15 November) for a United Nations-convened meeting to examine cultural elements that need to be inscribed on the list of protected cultural traditions.

The watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks, the wooden movable-type printing and the Meshrep events, also from China as well as the Croatian Ojkanje singing, are some of the elements inscribed today on the urgent list.

SOUNDBITE (English) Cécile Duvelle, Chief of Section UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage:
“The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, intends to safeguard the expressions of intangible cultural heritage that are endangered, because of processes of globalization, of the widespread communication worldwide, which is threatening seriously some very fragile, yet very important heritage.”

The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is administered by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), was adopted in 2003 and is ratified by 132 States.

It recommends the protection of elements such as oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe and know-how related to traditional handicrafts.

SOUNDBITE (English) Cécile Duvelle, Chief of Section UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage:
“The states are inscribing by themselves, are proposing by themselves, elements they feel deem the attention of the international community. They foresee safeguarding plans, but they very often need the mobilization, including by funding, of the international community.”

Some 400 State delegates, representatives from civil society and observers are attending the 5th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is being held for the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa.

During the five-day meeting, the Committee will examine four elements presented for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, and 47 elements for the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The first contains cultural elements whose viability is at risk despite efforts of communities and groups that practice them. In order to be inscribed on this list, States must pledge to implement special protection plans. They may benefit from financial assistance from a fund managed by UNESCO.

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