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Strengthening National Capacities for Implementing the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 

Following Indonesia’s ratification of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in October 2007, the Department of Culture and Tourism, the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, and the UNESCO Office in Jakarta jointly convened a capacity-building workshop for the implementation of the Convention, with technical support from the Section of Intangible Cultural Heritage at UNESCO Headquarters from 17 to 18 April 2008.

The objective of the workshop was to map intangible cultural heritage resources in Indonesia with participation of communities and explain the procedure for the preparation of nomination files to the ‘Representative List’ and to the ‘List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Urgent Need of Safeguarding’.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Ms Himalchuli Gurung at: h.gurung[at]unesco.org. 
 

 


2008 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation – Call for Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the 2008 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The awards programme, in its ninth year, recognizes the achievement of individuals and organizations within the private sector, and public-private initiatives, in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the Asia-Pacific region. The deadline for receipt of materials is 31 March 2008.

Entries for the 2008 awards programme must be submitted with an official entry form, drawings, photographs and project description to the UNESCO Bangkok. Complete programme information, including an entry form, is available on the web at: http://www.unescobkk.org/culture/heritageawards. Winners will be announced in June 2008, with a selected number of entries receiving the “Award of Excellence”, “Award of Distinction”, “Award of Merit”, “Honourable Mention” and “Jury Commendation”.


For more information please contact: Ms Montira H. Unakul by phone: +66 2391 0577 ext. 509 or by email: h.montira[at]unescobkk.org.

 


Training Workshop on Preservation and Management of Monuments of Temurid Architecture  

The second of three itinerant workshops, which was held from 21 April to 2 May 2008 in Uzbekistan, on the “Conservation and Management of Persian, Temurid and Mogul Architecture” drew more than thirty cultural heritage professionals and World Heritage site managers to discuss the issues on preservation and management of monuments of Temurid architecture, including: (i) conservation and management plans for the sites and specific technical issues on the use of traditional and new methods, (ii) strengthening of foundations and structural elements, and (iii) humidity problems and maintenance of decoration (tiles, plaster and wall paintings) in preserving monuments of Temurid architecture.For further information, please contacts Ms Ainura Tentieva and Mr Roland Lin from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre at:a.tentieva[at]unesco.org and r.lin[at]unesco.org. 

 


Call for Entries: 2009 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation

Entries are now being accepted for the 2009 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. The awards programme, in its tenth year, recognizes the achievement of individuals and organizations within the private sector, and public-private initiatives, in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the Asia-Pacific region.  The deadline for receipt of materials is 31 March 2009.

Projects involving buildings more than fifty years old which were completed within the last ten years are eligible for consideration. Houses, commercial, cultural, religious, industrial or institutional buildings, gardens and bridges, for example, are all eligible for consideration. Public-private partnership projects such as historic towns, urban quarters and rural settlements where the essential elements are more than 50 years old are all eligible.

Entries for the 2009 awards programme must be submitted with an official entry form, drawings, photographs and project description to the UNESCO Bangkok. Complete programme information, including an entry form, is available on the website  at www.unescobkk.org/culture/heritageawards. For more information please contact the UNESCO Bangkok at: culture[at]unescobkk.org.

In 2008, Herat Old City (Afghanistan) and Stadium Merdeka (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) have been honoured with the Awards of Excellence.

The three Awards of Distinction went to the National Pass in the Blue Mountains (New South Wales, Australia), the Fujian Earth Buildings (Fujian Province, China) and Suffolk House (Penang, Malaysia).

The three Awards of Merit were given to Vysial Street (Pondicherry, India), the Shigar Historic Settlements and Bazaar Area (Northern Areas, Pakistan) and Wat Pongsanuk (Lampang, Thailand).

Six Honourable Mentions were also announced. They are the Béthanie (Hong Kong SAR, China), the Archiepiscopal Palace (Goa, India), the Craigie Burn Bungalow (Matheran, India), Bach 38 (Rangitoto Island, Auckland, New Zealand), the Amphawa Canal Community (Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram Province, Thailand) and the Crown Property Bureau Building (Chachoengsao Province, Thailand).

The 2008 Heritage Awards Jury Commendation for Innovation was awarded to 733 Mountbatten Road (Singapore). 

 


Strengthening National Capacities for Implementing the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 

Following Indonesia’s ratification of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in October 2007, the Department of Culture and Tourism, the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, and the UNESCO Office in Jakarta jointly convened a capacity-building workshop for the implementation of the Convention, with technical support from the Section of Intangible Cultural Heritage at UNESCO Headquarters from 17 to 18 April 2008.The objective of the workshop was to map intangible cultural heritage resources in Indonesia with participation of communities and explain the procedure for the preparation of nomination files to the ‘Representative List’ and to the ‘List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Urgent Need of Safeguarding’.For more information about the workshop, please contact Ms Himalchuli Gurung at: h.gurung[at]unesco.org. 

 

 


‘Conservation for Peace’ Workshop, Hiroshima, Japan


The UNITAR Hiroshima Office, in close collaboration with UNESCO, the Getty, ICOMOS, and IUCN will organize a series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites from 30 March to 4 April 2008 aims to facilitate a better utilization of the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention through providing support to national policy making and planning, and information exchange on best practices and case studies. Newly-developed “valuesbased management” methodologies are applied in all the aspects of natural and cultural heritage management.

The workshop will focus on the potential implications and roles of heritage in the promotion of peace, reconciliation and reconstruction in war-torn, post-war and post-disaster societies. Study tours to the two World Heritage sites in Hiroshima – the A-Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shinto Shrine – will provide a living laboratory and direct learning opportunities.
 
For downloading the application form and more information about the workshop, please visit the UNITAR website 
http://www.unitar.org/hiroshima/programmes/whs08/index.htm, or contact Ms Hiroko Nakayama at: hiroko.nakayama[at]unitar.org, or Mr James Short at james.short[at]unitar.org.