International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP) and Unesco on Tuesday launched two publications on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) under joint cooperation translated into Bangla language.
The publications are ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development’ and ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Gender.’The launching ceremony was held at a city hotel during the sub-regional meeting for ICH Safeguarding in South Asia titled ‘ICH in Education: Towards a Joint Collaboration for Safeguarding ICH in Formal and Non-Formal Education’.
The three-day meeting, jointly organised by the ICHCAP and Unesco Dhaka Office, began on Monday and will end on Wednesday.
The brochure on ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development’ highlights the significance of ICH for inclusive social development, environmental sustainability, inclusive economic development, peace and security.
The brochure ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Gender’ highlights the mutual relationship between gender norms and ICH and emphasises that understanding the intimacy between ICH and gender is important for effective ICH safeguarding and gender equality.
In the launching ceremony, representatives from Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Gi Hyung Keum, Director-General of ICHCAP; representatives from South Asia region - Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh; Beatrice Kaldun, Head of Unesco Dhaka Office and Unesco Representative to Bangladesh, and Unesco representatives from Bangkok and Nepal were present to celebrate the launching of these two informative brochures.
ICHCAP has been engaged in the multi-language publication project to promote public understanding of Unesco’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and translated and published the two Unesco brochures into 18 languages in the Asia-Pacific region, including Bhutanese, Dhivehi, Indonesian, Korean, Nepali, Sinhala, Tajik, Tamil, Thai, Uzbek, Vietnamese, according to UN Information Centre, Dhaka.