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Ambassador Ma. Theresa Lazaro, Philippine Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, delivers intervention during the 13th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (13COM) in Port Louis, Mauritius

26 November 2018 – The Philippines, as a member of the Committee, is attending the 13th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Port Louis, Mauritius being held this week.

H.E. Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, leads the Philippine delegation to the conference to examine of 46 elements for inscription on the Urgent Safeguarding and Representative Lists of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention, including the joint nomination of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea of the Traditional Korean Wrestling which was inscribed today. The Committee will also discuss intangible cultural heritage in emergencies and measures to enhance international assistance for safeguarding of ICH throughout the world.

In her interventions, Ambassador Lazaro called for a stable and credible system to safeguard the world’s intangible cultural heritage. She also underscored the need for dialogue between nominating States Parties and the Evaluation Body to enhance transparency and efficiency of the ICH Convention. She likewise called for increased attention to safeguarding ICH in emergencies not only in the context of conflicts, but also natural disasters and extreme weather events caused by climate change.

The Philippines currently has three elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity namely the Darangen Epic, Hudhud Chants, and the Punnuk tugging ritual. Its nomination of Buklog: Thanksgiving for inscription on the List of ICH in Need of Urgent Safeguarding will be examined by the Committee next year.

The 24-member ICH Committee provides guidance on best practices and makes recommendations on measures for the safeguarding of the ICH. The Philippines has been a member of the Committee since 2016 and will serve until 2019.