UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was established during the 32nd session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2003 and constitutes one of the organization’s seven conventions with regard to culture.

The main objectives of this Convention are:

  • to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage,
  • to ensure respect for the intangible cultural heritage of the communities, groups and individuals concerned,
  • to raise awareness at the local, national and international levels of the importance of the intangible cultural heritage, and of ensuring mutual appreciation thereof,
  • and to provide for international cooperation and assistance.

Since the Austrian ratification of the Convention in 2009, the Austrian Commission for UNESCO has been in charge of implementing the Convention and drawing up a National Inventory of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria.