The IRCI-International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage is one of the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage of Japan and, since 2011, it is a Category 2 Centre of UNESCO promoting the 2003 Convention and its implementation in the Asia-Pacific Region.
“To ensure cultural diversity for future generations and to contribute to build a sustainable society, IRCI works in close cooperation with UNESCO and other related institutions such as universities, research institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations, museums, and communities worldwide”.
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CRESPIAL - Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Latin America (a UNESCO Category 2 Centre since 2006) promotes and supports actions to safeguard the ICH of Latin America countries.
Based in Cusco (Peru), CRESPIAL coordinates and cooperates with 15 member countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela).
Among the multinational projects promoted by this entity we highlight: "Safeguarding the Guarani Cultural Universe" (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay); "Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Aymara communities" (Bolivia, Chile and Peru). The latter was officially recognized by UNESCO (2009) as a good practice for the implementation of the 2003 Convention.
In addition to identifying, inventorying and disseminating the Latin American living heritage, CRESPIAL works on the definition of ICH public policies, highlighting the importance of cultural diversity.
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The ICHCAP - International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region is a UNESCO Category 2 Centre since 2011. The purpose of ICHCAP is to promote ICH safeguarding actions in the 48 member states of the Asia-Pacific region, according to the 2003 UNESCO Convention.
ICHCAP's activities are divided into 3 different programs: 1) “information sharing”, i.e. collecting, archiving, managing and disseminating data, methodologies and metadata on ICH; 2) “network building”, such as, networks of sharing (on and offline) among communities, groups and individuals, NGOs and governments; and 3) "raising awareness" – to promote community participation ICHCAP develops multimedia content (including contents for children), provides their own publications (such as brochures and the ICH Courier) and supports public events - performances, exhibitions and festivals.
Through Category 2 Centres, UNESCO supports the implementation of ICH safeguarding activities in a world region, promoting cultural diversity and sustainable development.
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