The Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia, Under the Auspices of UNESCO (Tehran ICH Centre) organized its second Governing Council Meeting from 4 to 6 May 2015, in Tehran- Iran.
The three day meeting brings together representatives from participating countries of Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia including Armenia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Tajikistan, Turkey and observers from Afghanistan, Oman and Qatar to discuss the draft action plan for 2015, and reflect on the Agreement, Constitution and Governing Council Rules of Procedures.
The purpose of the meeting was to draw on adoption of amendments to the Constitution of the Centre and the Rules of Procedure of the Governing Council on the GC Composition, the composition of the Executive Board, IR Iran Representative to GC, the Vice Chairperson, and method of having binding and enforceable GC Decisions, adoption of 2015 Action Plan , adoption of the method of drafting the 2016 Action Plan and Adoption of proposals on methods for participation of Member States in the activities of the Centre.
In 2006, the Islamic Republic of Iran joined the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and on 28 April 2010 an agreement regarding the establishment of the regional research centre was signed by the Government of Iran and UNESCO. The centre was officially inaugurated in November 2012.
In the meeting participants discusses the mentioned items and the meeting mainly focused on adoption of 2015 Action Plan.
Side Event I: Representatives from participating countries pay their official visit to Tehran ICH Centre
On Wednesday 4 May, representatives from participating countries including Armenia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Tajikistan, Turkey and observers from Afghanistan, Oman and Qatar visited the permanent headquarters in Emaarat-e- Kooshk, a historical building of the development period in Iranian architecture and one of the properties inscribed on the list of national properties of the IR of Iran. The guests visited some exhibitions in the field of ICH which was organized on the occasion of organizing the Second Governing Council Meeting of Tehran ICH Centre. Then a simple and symbolic act took play at the garden of the building and participants planted an olive tree , with the aim of promoting peace in the region.
Side Event II: Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of UNESCO
On Tuesday 5 May, on the sidelines of its 2nd Ordinary Governing Council Meeting, the Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia, under the Auspices of UNESCO (Tehran ICH Centre) organized an event to celebrate UNESCO’s 70th anniversary.
The ceremony was attended by H.E. Vice-President Soltanifar, President of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization; H.E. Vice-President Molaverdi for Women and Family Affairs, Dr. Ahmad Jalali, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Islamic Republic of Iran to UNESCO, Mr. Seyed Mohammad Beheshti, Head of Cultural Heritage Research Centre, Mr. Iftikhar Husain Arif , President of ECO Cultural Institute, Dr. Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Deputy of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Ms. Esther Kuisch Larosche, Director of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Officer, Dr. Mohammad Reza Saeidabadi, Secretary General of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and Dr. Yadollah Parmoun, Director of Tehran ICH Centre with participation of numerous distinguished guests in the field of culture.
During the ceremony there was a musical performance by the Rooh Afza Music Ensemble and a cultural performance of Naqqāli, the Iranian dramatic story-telling art, which was registered on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2011.
Side Event III: Photo Exhibition on Living Heritage of West and Central Asia
On Tuesday 5 May, The exhibition presented more than 50 photos featuring oral traditions, traditional music, dance and theatre, social practices, rituals and festivals, .as well as traditional knowledge and skills that communities and groups in West and Central Asia, registered on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage