Paris (People's Daily) - China was elected with 123 votes to become a member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Intangible Heritage Committee) of UNESCO for the period 2018-2022 on Wednesday.
China representative Yu Qun is delivering his speech the 7th session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at UNESCO headquarters. (Photos: Gong Ming/People's Daily)
The election was held when the 7th session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Yu Qun, a member of the Committee of the CCP of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, attended the meeting.
Consisting of 24 states parties, the Intangible Heritage Committee is in charge of the implementation of the convention by elaborating a set of operational directives and plans for the use of the resources of the Fund for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Vote for renewing half of the Intangible Heritage Committee's membership is taking place.
It aims to promote the objectives of the convention, provide guidance on best practices and make recommendations for a better safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. During the 7th session, half of the Intangible Heritage Committee members were renewed, with Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Poland, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Djibouti, Togo and Kuwait becoming new members together with China.
China joined the convention in 2004 and has since then been actively playing its role of a state party. It was elected twice to the Intangible Heritage Committee and carried out various cooperation projects and exchanges with UNESCO and other states parties bilaterally and multilaterally. In this way, China, as a responsible nation, has largely contributed to the development of the convention while responding to its commitment to the safeguarding of the non-material heritage of human beings.
In addition, China has created in Beijing an international training center for intangible cultural heritage in the Asia-Pacific region, making a further step to implement UNESCO’s global strategy by enhancing capabilities of countries in their protection for intangible cultural heritage.