Rwanda elected to UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage
Rwanda has been elected a Member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage during the eighth session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was held from 8 to 10 September 2020 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
With this election, Rwanda joins Djibouti from the Eastern Africa region to represent the Africa region on the Intergovernmental Committee for a term of four years alongside Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo.
Rwanda ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013, and this is its first time serving on the Committee. As a member, Rwanda will help to promote the objectives of the Convention, provide guidance on best practices and make recommendations on measures for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage.
The Committee Members also examine requests submitted by States Parties for the inscription of intangible heritage on the Lists as well as proposals for programmes and projects, and requests for international assistance from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund.