55 elements that aspire to enrich the cultural heritage of UNESCO

The multilateral body explained in a statement that 72 out of 181 countries party to the Convention for the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage submitted nominations for a forum that will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of that instrument.

The Committee, a body made up of 24 countries, will examine 45 applications for inclusion on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and six applications for inclusion on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage Requiring Urgent Safeguarding Measures.

Likewise, it will evaluate four registration files in the Good Conservation Practices Register.

According to UNESCO, the meeting at the Cresta Moana resort in Kasane will also review two requests for international financial assistance submitted by Paraguay and Zimbabwe.

The organization indicated in its document that intangible cultural heritage includes oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and ceremonial events, as well as knowledge, uses and technologies related to nature, the universe and crafts.

To date, 567 items from 136 countries have been inscribed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, while the list of those in need of urgent protection measures includes 76 items.

The nominations include several from Latin America and the Caribbean, such as Practices and Meanings in the Preparation and Consumption of Ceviche in Peru, the Junkanoo Parade in the Bahamas, and The Bolero: Identity, Emotion, and Poetry in Song of Cuba and Mexico.

Candidates for the region complement the encounter of cultures in Potosi Chotilos in Bolivia and the traditional construction of wooden boats in Carriaco and Petite Martinique in Granada.

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Regarding the urgent collateral list, Paraguay proposes ancestral and traditional techniques to produce the poncho paray list of 60 lists, from the city of Peripibui.

For its part, the body dedicated to good practices received requests from Panama, with a program of practices for the protection of the intangible cultural heritage of the Armila Cultural and Ecological Sea Turtle Festival, and from Venezuela, with a program for the protection of bandos and parandas in the Sacred Innocents of Caucagua.

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