The Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia, Under the Auspices of UNESCO (Tehran ICH Centre) organizes its second Governing Council Meeting from 4 to 6 May 2015, in Tehran- Iran.
The three day meeting brought together representatives from participating countries in the Centre including Armenia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Tajikistan, Turkey and observers from Afghanistan, Oman and Qatar. The Second Governing Council Meeting was held from 4 to 6 May 2015, in Tehran-Iran. The participants discussed the draft action plan for 2015, and reflect on the Agreement, Constitution and Governing Council Rules of Procedure.
The purpose of the meeting was, also, to gather advice on the Constitution of the Centre and the Rules of Procedure of the Governing Council, 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, the execution of 2015 Action Plan , the methods of drafting the 2016 Action Plan, and proposals on methods for participation of Member States in the activities of the Centre, as well as inauguration of the official website f 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 Tehran ICH Centre was signed by the Government of Iran and UNESCO. The Centre was officially inaugurated in November 2012.
The meeting was a turning point in the history of the Centre in that it was culminated with the participation of 15 states over the region, and the adoption of a standard Action Plan for 2015.
Side Event I: Representatives from participating countries pay their official visit to Tehran ICH Centre
On Wednesday 4 May, representatives from participating countries, namely Armenia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Tajikistan, Turkey and observers from Afghanistan, Oman and Qatar visited the permanent headquarters of Tehran ICH Centre at 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 organized on the occasion of the Second Ordinary Governing Council Meeting, then a simple and symbolic act took place at the garden of the building and participants planted an olive tree, with the aim of promoting peace, friendship and rapprochement over 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. Dr. Masoud Soltanifar, Vice President and Chairman to ICHHTO, H.E. Madamme Shahindokht Molaverdi, Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, H.E. Dr. Ahmad Jalali, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the IR Iran to UNESCO, Mr. Seyed Mohammad Beheshti, Chairman to Cultural Heritage Research Centre, Mr. Iftikhar Husain Arif , President of ECO Cultural Institute, Dr. Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Deputy for Cultural Heritage, ICHHTO and Chairman to Tehran ICH Centre Governing Council, Dr. Mohammad Reza Saeidabadi, Secretary General of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and Dr. Yadollah Parmoun, Director of Tehran ICH Centre with participation of distinguished guests in the field of culture.
In the framework of Radif of Iranian Music, included on the agenda, there was a musical performance by the Rooh Afza Music Ensemble and a cultural performance of Naqqāli, the Iranian dramatic story-telling art, two ICH elements of Iran inscribed on UNESCO Lists in 2009 and 2011.
Side Event III: Photo Exhibition on Living Heritage of West and Central Asia
On Tuesday 5 May, an exhibition on Living Heritage of West and Central Asia, presented more than 50 photos featuring, selected items among West and Central Asian oral traditions, traditional music, dance and theatre, social practices, rituals and festivals, as well as traditional knowledge and skills.