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The Jury Meeting for the 2012 UNESCO Award of Excellence for Handicrafts, 23-26 September 2012, Kuching, Malaysia


The Award of Excellence for Handicrafts (formally known as the Seal of Excellence) was established in South East Asia in 2001 as a joint initiative by UNESCO and the ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association (AHPADA). The programme encourages craft-workers to use traditional skills and materials to ensure the perpetuation of traditional knowledge while acknowledging the importance of innovative and marketable designs. By setting quality standards for handicrafts, raising international awareness and promoting innovations to keep the products relevant and competitive, the Award aims to strengthen the interest for these crafts. Capacity-building and promotional activities also help artisans sustain a more viable livelihood and long-term employment. 

The success of the programme in South East Asia has led to the expansion of the Award programme to not only Central, South and East Asia, but also in countries across Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa.

Learn more about the programme click here.