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Shilova, O. E. The Role of UNESCO in the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Abstract: The article is devoted to the role of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the sphere of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding. The author of the article analyzes the content of the Convention and established institutional structure. The author also studies the examples of the implementation of particular projects on intangible cultural values safeguarding. The author concludes that the Convention had played the primary role in protecting intangible cultural values. According to the author, this can be proved by the fact that one of the results of the Convention was the creation of the list of intangible cultural values. The list attracted attention of different states and popularized intangible cultural values. The author also notes that the Convention created the institutional grounds for the safeguarding of intangible cultural values and established such authorities as the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund. Based on the author of the article, that allowed to assign responsible authorities at the international level. The author also states that the establishment of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund financed collectively by the states participating in the project as well as creation of the programs and other initiatives aimed at preservation of intangible cultural values were the guarantee of an efficient execution of activities on preservation of cultural values.


International law, UNESCO, Convention, cultural heritage, intangible cultural values, heritage, safeguarding, protection, Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, National Cultural Center.

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