The 2016 Asia-Pacific ICH NGO Conference will be held from 3 to 5 November in Jeonju, Republic of Korea. This conference is the second ICH NGO Conference in the Asia-Pacific region, following to the first meeting held in 2014 under the theme of “Towards Efficient Roles of NGOs for Safeguarding ICH in the Asia-Pacific Region.” The theme of this year’s conference will be “Achieving SDGs through Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.”
As the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted at the 70th UN General Assembly, they became the common goals that international community seeks to achieve together. UNESCO has also been trying to connect the culture and sustainable development, especially since the 2003 Convention emphasizes the importance of intangible cultural heritage as a guarantee of sustainable development.
The aims of the 2016 Asia-Pacific ICH NGO Conference are to better understand the relationship between intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development, to empower ICH NGOs in the region through sharing useful information on their activities, and to strengthen NGO networks in the region. Many ICH NGOs, based on their experience and specialties, conduct activities related to sustainable development, such as poverty alleviation, community empowerment, urban renewal, education, and so on. As NGOs are mediators bridging between governments and communities, it is important to share their activities and build a network for vitalizing their ICH safeguarding activities for the sustainable development of humanity.
ICHCAP is looking for ICH NGOs in the Asia-Pacific region who are willing to share their activities at this conference. NGOs who want to participate in the conference should send an application and abstracts on their activities to ICHCAP no later than 5 September. For more details, please refer to our website.