Tuesday, August 16, 2022

India is on UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage panel

 “India gets elected for Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO 2003 Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for the 2022-2026 cycle.”

— G Kishan Reddy, India’s Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region

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India was elected for four years to the Inter-governmental Committee of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), said India’s Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy. “India gets elected for Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO 2003 Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for the 2022-2026 cycle,” tweeted Reddy.

He also pointed out that India had served as a member of the ICH Committee twice, once from 2006 to 2010 and again from 2014 to 2018, reported ANI.

In order to reflect the diversity of opinions and of safeguarding measures concerning intangible cultural heritage around the world, the General Assembly has decided to apply the principle of equitable geographical distribution to the election of committee members

“As the nation celebrates Azadi Ka #AmritMahotsav, India will be a part of two prominent committees of UNESCO – Intangible Cultural Heritage (2022-2026) and World Heritage (2021-2025). This is yet another opportunity for India to reinstate the values of ’Vasudeva Kutumbakam’,” the Minister mentioned.

The Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention consists of 24 members elected by the General Assembly of the States Parties. The General Assembly meets in ordinary sessions every two years and may convene extraordinary sessions if it deemed it necessary or at the request of either the committee or of at least one-third of the States Parties, according to UNESCO ICH.

Half of the committee members are renewed every two years. In order to reflect the diversity of opinions and of safeguarding measures concerning intangible cultural heritage around the world, the General Assembly has decided to apply the principle of equitable geographical distribution to the election of committee members. The number of committee members from each region proportionally depends on the number of states from that region that have ratified the convention.

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