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UNESCO THE CONVENTION FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE
Paris, October 17, 2003 - MISC / 2003 / CLT / CH / 14


The UNESCO General Assembly, at its 32nd General Conference in Paris, adopted the Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage on October 17, 2003. Turkey has been included in the Law on Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 5448 dated January 19, 2006.

On behalf of Turkey, the General Directorate of Research and Education of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is designated as the executive unit. Cultural Research Foundation; Has been accredited as the UNESCO Advisory Board with the General Assembly Resolution (4.GA - 2012) for the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Program (Accreditation No. 90142: 7634).

 

 

 

  

 

I. General provisions Article

1 – Purposes of the Convention The purposes of this Convention are:

(a) to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage;

(b) to ensure respect for the intangible cultural heritage of the communities, groups and individuals concerned;

(c) to raise awareness at the local, national and international levels of the importance of the intangible cultural heritage, and of ensuring mutual appreciation thereof;

(d) to provide for international cooperation and assistance.


Article 2

Definitions For the purposes of this Convention,


1.The "intangible cultural heritage" means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills - as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith - that communities, groups and in some cases, Their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups, and their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and Human creativity. It is noteworthy that as a result of the development of human rights instruments, as well as the mutual respect of communities, groups and individuals, and sustainable development


2. The “intangible cultural heritage”, as defined in paragraph 1 above, is manifested inter alia in the following domains:

(a) oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;

(b) performing arts;

(c) social practices, rituals and festive events;

(d) knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;

(e) traditional craftsmanship.