The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was established today with the integration into this List of the 90 cultural elements that were proclaimed Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001, 2003 and 2005.

Twenty-six of these elements are in the Asia Pacific Region, 20 in Europe, 19 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 18 are located in Africa, and seven in the Arab region. Nine of them are shared by two or more countries.

The integration ceremony took place in Istanbul during the session, from 4 to 9 November, of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the executive body in charge of the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 2003. The Convention has been ratified by 104 States to date.

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