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India gets elected to the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

 GS Paper 1

Syllabus: Indian Culture – Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

 

Context:

  • India has been elected as a member of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for the 2022-2026 cycle.

Background:

  • India has previously served as a member of the ICH Committee twice – from 2006 to 2010 & from 2014 to 2018.
  • India is also a member of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO(2021-2025).
  • India ratified the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in September 2005.

               

About:

  • The Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention consists of 24 members and is elected in the General Assembly of the Convention according to the principles of equitable geographical representation and rotation.
  • States Members to the Committee are elected for a term of four years.
  • With 14 inscriptions on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, India also ranks high in the listing of intangible cultural heritage.
  • After the inscription of Durga Puja in 2021, India submitted the nomination for Garba of Gujarat to be discussed in 2023.

 

Current Affairs

 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):

●      It is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN).

●      It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture.

●      It is also a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG), a coalition of UN agencies and organizations aimed at fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

●      UNESCO’s Headquarters are located in Paris and the Organization has more than 50 field offices around the world.

●      It has 193 Members and 11 Associate Members (As of April 2020) and is governed by the General Conference and the Executive Board.

●      Three UNESCO member states are not UN members: Cook Islands, Niue, and Palestine.

●      While three UN member states (Israel, Liechtenstein, United States) are not UNESCO members.

 

Insta Links:

UNESCO World heritage sites

 

Practice Questions:

Q. Which of the following is/are on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list?

  1. Yoga
  2. Ramman
  3. Holi
  4. Kalbelia

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

  • 1, 2 and 4 only
  • 1, 2 and 3 only
  • 2 and 3 only
  • 1, 2, 3 and 4

Ans: (a)

Justification:

Kindly refer to the above image

Source: PIB