2 December 2016During the eleventh session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage that is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 28 November to 2 December 2016, six new elements of Central Asian Intangible Cultural Heritage have been inscribed onto the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The following elements were inscribed:
• Nauryz, Navruz, Nawrouz, Nevruz, Nooruz, Novruz, Nowrouz or Nowruz – multinational nomination - by Afghanistan; Azerbaijan; India; Iran (Islamic Republic of); Iraq; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Pakistan; Tajikistan; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan (http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/RL/nawrouz-novruz-nowrouz-nowrouz-nawrouz-nauryz-nooruz-nowruz-navruz-nevruz-nowruz-navruz-01161)
• Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katryma, Jupka, Yufka – multinational nomination – by Azerbaijan; Iran (Islamic Republic of); Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Turkey (http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/RL/flatbread-making-and-sharing-culture-lavash-katyrma-jupka-yufka-01181)
• Falconry, a living human heritage - multinational nomination – by United Arab Emirates - Austria - Belgium - Czechia - France - Germany - Hungary - Italy - Kazakhstan - Republic of Korea - Mongolia - Morocco - Pakistan - Portugal - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - Spain - Syrian Arab Republic (http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/RL/falconry-a-living-human-heritage-01209)
• Kuresi in Kazakhstan - national nomination – by Kazakhstan (http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/RL/kuresi-in-kazakhstan-01085)
• Oshi Palav, a traditional meal and its social and cultural contexts in Tajikistan- national nomination – Tajikistan (http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/RL/oshi-palav-a-traditional-meal-and-its-social-and-cultural-contexts-in-tajikistan-01191)
• Palov culture and tradition - national nomination – Uzbekistan (http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/RL/palov-culture-and-tradition-01166)
To date, the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity presently consists of 366 inscribed elements. It aims to enhance the visibility of communities’ traditions and knowledge without recognizing standards of excellence or exclusivity.
UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has been ratified by 171 States Parties to date. Its Intergovernmental Committee meets annually to implement the Convention and examine requests for inscription on its various lists.