Costa Rica launches implementation of UNESCO indicators to measure impact of culture on sustainable development
Destruction turned into knowledge: Iraqi Archeologists unveil the remains of the 12th century Al Nouri Prayer Hall.
The project ‘Young Leaders of the Diquís’ concludes with the creation of a youth association
Young people from southern Costa Rica have formed a youth association to take part in the management of the preColumbian cacique settlements with stone spheres of the Diquís inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2014 The creation of this association has been formalized during the closing ceremony of the project Young Leaders of the Diquis which has been implemented by UNESCO and the National Museum of Costa Rica and financed by the World Heritage Fund thanks to a financial contribution from Germany The formation of this association is a remarkable result of this project whose objective has been to involve young people from neighboring communities including indigenous peoples and territories in the management of the four archaeological sites inscribed on the World Heritage List Finca 6 El Silencio Grijalba and Batambal located in the canton of Osa in southern Costa Rica To this end a series of workshops have been organized focused on strengthening knowledge about cultural heritage as well as strengthening soft skills to enhance the leadership capacity of the young participants In total more than 160 young men and women from the districts of Palmar Ciudad Cortes Sierpe Bahia Ballena Drake Bay and Piedras Blancas as well as from the indigenous territories of Boruca and Rey Curré have been involved In addition to gaining knowledge and skills in heritage management through the workshops this project has allowed them to generate youth networks carry out volunteer activities and participate in various initiatives of the National Museum of Costa Rica in the area The closing ceremony of the project took place on Saturday December 18 2021 with the participation of Mr Julio Carranza Director ai of UNESCO Cluster Office in San Jose Mrs Martina NibbelingWriessnig Ambassador of Germany in Costa Rica Mrs Rocío Fernández Director of the National Museum of Costa Rica Mrs Yanina Chaverri Vice Mayor of the Canton of Osa Mr Jeison Ariel Bartels Quirós General Coordinator of the project as well as young participants of the project and members of the benefited communities
UNESCO conducted a workshop on Curriculum Development for TVET programmes in Iraq within Reviving of Mosul and Basra Old Cities Project, Funded by EU
UNESCO welcomed the visit of the high level EU delegation to witness firsthand the remarkable progress that is taking place within the "Reviving Mosul and Basra Old Cities" project, implemented by UNESCO in partnership with the European Union
The completion of the training of the second round of training of the master trainers for the” Education Management Information System ( EMIS) for quality education” project
UNESCO, in partnership with the MoE, held a workshop in Baghdad to review the progress of the project “Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on Education through distance learning in Iraq” (support for Education TV) funded by Japan.
Central American Parliament examines the situation of cultural sectors in Central America
Following the invitation of the Central American Parliament PARLACEN UNESCO through its Offices in San Jose and Guatemala City participated in an ordinary meeting of the Commission on Education Culture Sport Science and Technology of this regional body which is part of the Central American Integration System SICA During the session held virtually on Wednesday December 1 Ms Caroline Munier Culture Programme Specialist at the UNESCO Cluster Office in San José addressed the important challenges faced by the regions cultural sectors in the context of the COVID19 pandemic Since the onset of the pandemic people engaged in cultural and creative work have seen many preexisting challenges exacerbated particularly related to the high rate of labour informality that prevails in these sectors UNESCO emphasized to the members of the Commission the importance of promoting measures to improve the socioeconomic conditions of these people and at the same time contribute to enhance the multiple contributions they make to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations for Sustainable Development UNESCO has also called on PARLACEN to get involved in the preparatory process for the next World Conference on Cultural Policies Mondiacult to be held in September next year in Mexico City Mondiacult 2022 seeks to strengthen the role of cultural policies for sustainable development at the global level To gather regional perspectives for this important event a series of regional consultations will be carried out through an inclusive and participatory process involving not only national authorities but also regional intergovernmental organizations academia and civil society organizations among other stakeholders
Conclusion of the project "Música FFWD" for the strengthening of Costa Rica's music sector
The FFWD Music project implemented together with the Ministry of Culture and Youth of Costa Rica in the framework of the UNESCOEuropean Union cooperation programme for the development of cultural and creative industries and SouthSouth cooperation has come to an end This project was developed throughout 2021 with the technical assistance of a team of international and local experts including Nicolas Madoery Eva Moraga and Roberto Montero Música FFWD focused on strengthening the Costa Rican music sector through actions to boost its professionalisation associativity and visibility as well as its transition to the formal economy The formal closure of the project took place through a virtual event held on December 2 with the presence of the Minister of Culture Sylvie Durán Salvatierra the Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union in Costa Rica Alberto Menghini and the Culture Programme Specialist of the UNESCO Office in San José Caroline Munier as well as the international team of experts in charge of the implementation of the project and members of the Costa Rican music sector The closing event provided an opportunity to present the sector with the main results achieved in the different phases of the project Between April and July four training modules were held which were aimed at the entire sector These modules were attended by 26 international specialists from 8 countries mainly from Latin America and focused on topics such as the music ecosystem associativity digital music and new business models More than 300 people from the Costa Rican music sector were involved in these activities The second phase of the project consisted of a mentoring program in which seven selected projects were guided by four international professionals to establish their objectives and medium and longterm planning The third phase consisted of a Music Ecosystem Forum in which a limited number of representatives from the public and private sectors academia professional associations and various roles in the value chain of the Costa Rican music industry participated to address strategic issues and to establish a roadmap for the development of the sector in the future Within the framework of Música FFWD a pilot project was also carried out with the music sector to promote the transition to formality of the creative sectors in Costa Rica The project sought to identify barriers or obstacles to the transition to the formal economy through research and analysis thanks to an inclusive consultation process involving multiple public institutions as well as organizations and individuals from civil society The results of this study provide an overview of a diversity of perspectives on the social and economic conditions of the music sector and set forth the basis for future research and dialogue to improve the living conditions of those working in the arts and culture and to highlight the important role they play in the development of society Costa Rica is one of the twelve countries selected worldwide to benefit from technical assistance provided by the UNESCOEuropean Union Cooperation Programme for the Development of Cultural and Creative Industries and SouthSouth Cooperation This programme seeks to position the creative and cultural industries as important sectors for the fulfilment of the objectives of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development For more information httpsmusicaffwdculturacr httpsenunescoorgnewsstrengtheningitscompetitivenessmusicsectorcostarica httpsenunescoorgnewscostaricasmusicsectorstrength httpsenunescoorgnewscostaricasmusicsectorreceivesdigitalcontenttraining httpsenunescoorgnewscostaricanmusicsectorendsroundtrainingmodulestrainingnewbusinessmodels httpsenunescoorgnewscostaricastrengthensitsmusicecosystemthroughvirtualforum
Honduras concludes project on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in relation to disaster risk reduction
The Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History IHAH with the support of UNESCO has carried out a pilot project for the implementation of a methodology for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in relation to disaster risk reduction This initiative has allowed putting into practice a set of operational principles and modalities for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in emergencies adopted in 2019 by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage Honduras together with the Philippines was one of the two countries selected worldwide to carry out this pilot project In Honduras the Lenca communities of Yamaranguila El Pelón and Cofradía located in the department of Intibucá were selected for its implementation The project included a capacitybuilding phase on the integration of the perspective of disaster risk reduction in the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage followed by a practical phase which consisted of a communitybased inventory of living heritage elements related to risk management The disaster risk reduction perspective was addressed through a series of virtual workshops held between June and July 2021 These workshops were attended by representatives of institutions related to the research and safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage of Honduras such as the Executive Directorate of Culture and Arts and the IHAH as well as institutions responsible for emergency management such as the Permanent Contingency Commission COPECO and the Municipal Emergency Committee of Yamaranguila together with representatives of the communities concerned The community inventory took place in September 2021 and identified multiple elements of intangible cultural heritage related to traditional knowledge or strategies on disaster risk reduction or that were significantly affected by recurrent constant or imminent threats of natural or anthropogenic origin The inventory includes among other elements traditional agricultural practices such as the elaboration of living fences sowing techniques and observation of the environment which contribute to disaster prevention through mitigation and risk reduction actions due to meteorological factors Also social practices have been identified that reflect from the cosmovision of the local community the relationship of reciprocity between people and nature while promoting social cohesion and providing psychological relief in contexts of disasters caused by natural phenomena such as landslides and floods Similarly the inventory includes knowledge of traditional medicine that in the context of the COVID19 pandemic have been valuable alternatives for the treatment of respiratory conditions and symptoms associated with COVID19 Following this inventory process a restitution workshop was held for the participating communities in order to present and validate the obtained results with them An interinstitutional workshop on the methodology implemented was also organized for the institutions involved in the process The project also included the production of a documentary on cultural manifestations related to disaster risk reduction as well as a database on the intangible cultural heritage of Honduras The main objective of this pilot project has been to promote the need to generate risk management plans that consider culture from two perspectives as a fragile element that must be safeguarded and at the same time as a factor that allows sustaining disaster risk reduction strategies with inputs drawn from the intangible cultural heritage of local communities The 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage establishes that living heritage is composed of oral traditions performing arts social practices rituals festive events knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe and knowledge and skills linked to traditional crafts among other elements that the bearer community identifies as an important part of its cultural identity These are important elements for strengthening the social fabric and for achieving the Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development To learn more httpsesunescoorgnewshondurassepreparasalvaguardiasupatrimonioculturalinmaterialsituacionesemergencia httpsesunescoorgnewshondurasrealizainventariocomunitarioprotegerpatrimonioculturalinmaterialsituaciones httpsichunescoorgennewsjointcapacitybuildingproje httpsichunescoorgenprojectsstrengtheningcapacities httpsichunescoorgen