The Ministry of Tourism and Arts is pleased to announce that Zambia has been elected to represent the Africa Group on the Inter-government Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Agency for Culture, UNESCO.
This election to the 24 member Committee was held during the just-ended Sixth Session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) which was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism and Arts Mr Stephen Mwansa, can’t hide his happiness.
“It is a proud moment for the country to be given such an opportunity to represent other African countries in our group on such an important committee that deals with our cultural heritage,” he says.
Mr. Mwansa commended the Department of Arts and Culture and the Zambian Mission in Paris for the work done in securing Zambia’s election to the Committee.
And Victor Makashi, the Director of Arts and Culture in the Ministry, who also attended the event says that the country will now have an opportunity to contribute to decisions on programmes and activities towards safeguarding the continent’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Mr Makashi, who is the Ministry’s coordinator for UNESCO programmes, added that Zambia was one of the few countries that was up to date in the submission of reports on the elements inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Zambia has Gule wa Mkulu and Makishi masquerades inscribed on this list.
The Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has 166 Member States divided into six (6) groups, representing Western Europe and North America, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Carribean; Asian and Pacific States, African States, and Arab States.
Zambia will serve in the African States group as a member for a period of four (4) years.
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Ministry of Tourism and Arts