Overview

The International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP) was established as a UNESCO category 2 center in 2011. Working within the framework of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, we operate information and networking programs to support UNESCO’s strategic plans among the forty-eight Member States of the Asia-Pacific region, with the ultimate goal of promoting the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals through intangible cultural heritage.

We believe that safeguarding intangible cultural heritage is necessary to promote cultural diversity and sustainable development in the region.

Primary Objectives

Promote the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and contribute to implementing it in the Asia-Pacific region

Raise regional awareness about intangible cultural heritage and increase participation in safeguarding this heritage

Coordinate and share information to enhance regional capacity to safeguard intangible cultural heritage

Foster regional and international cooperation to safeguard intangible cultural heritage

Find out more on our Information-Sharing, Networking-Building, and Awareness-Raising program pages. Download our informational brochure for more details about our work.

History

States Participating in ICHCAP’s Activities

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According to the Agreement between UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Korea Regarding the Establishment of ICHCAP, States Party interested in participating in ICHCAP’s activities shall officially submit notification of their will to participate.

To date, the following countries have submitted their official notification to ICHCAP.

Brunei Darussalam, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nepal, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Vietnam