The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization [UNESCO] is supporting the "Consultation on the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage" in Tonga from the 2nd - 4th December, 2008.
The Pacific Consultation is in close collaboration with the Tonga National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Education, Women Affairs and Culture of Tonga.
More than 20 cultural heritage professionals from throughout the Pacific will be actively discussing how to take advantage of the UNESCO tools such as the "2003 Convention for the Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage" to safeguard their intangible cultural heritage including traditional knowledge, skills, dances, rituals, customs and practices.
It is under this convention that the Tongan "Lakalaka" was proclaimed by UNESCO in 2003 as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity together with the "Sand Drawings" in Vanuatu.
The Consultation will be held at the Royal Tonga International Hotel in Fua'amotu.
It will also serve as a follow up on progress made in the Pacific since the first meeting in Fiji in 2007.
Following the Pacific Consultation, UNESCO will facilitate a one-day National Consultation among key stakeholders in Tonga.
Group Photo of participants of the Consultation on the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage" in Tonga from the 2nd - 4th December, 2008.
The Consultations will discuss the benefits and requirements of ratifying the Convention.
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