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Four Asia-Pacific ICH NGOs Accredited

At its sixth session from 30 May to 1 June, the General Assembly of the States Party to the Convention for the Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage will accredit twenty-four NGOs recommended at the tenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for their competence in the field of the intangible cultural heritage.

Among these NGOs, four are based in the Asia-Pacific region—Tribal Cultural Society and Shree Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal in India, the Public Fund Aigine Cultural Research Center in Kyrgyzstan, and the Center for Intangible Culture Studies in the Republic of Korea.

Tribal Cultural Society and Shree Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal were established in India in 1914 and 1993, respectively. Tribal Cultural Society has been working to safeguard tribal culture, such as various dances and languages. Shree Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Manda has been working in the field of traditional sports, including Indian yoga and traditional Indian meditation, and martial arts.

Established in 2004, the Public Fund Aigine Cultural Research Center in Kyrgyzstan is active in the field of Kyrgyz traditional knowledge, education, and humanities. It has been focusing in particular on safeguarding sacred places, Manas epic poem, and traditional music.

The Center for Intangible Culture Studies in the Republic of Korea developed its own digital archive system called ICHPEDIA (www.ichpedia.org) to safeguard and disseminate intangible cultural heritage through shared knowledge on the online archiving system.

Following their accreditation, NGOs are required to undergo a review of their contributions and commitment every four years, and the tenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee decided to terminate the accreditation of thirty-eight NGOs, given that they had either not submitted a quadrennial report or showed an insufficient commitment to the Committee. With this year’s accreditation at the sixth General Assembly, there will be 164 accredited NGOs active in the field.

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