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ICH Road map for the establishment of a category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO Frank Proschan Intangible Cultural Heritage Section UNESCO Regional.

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1 ICH Road map for the establishment of a category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO Frank Proschan Intangible Cultural Heritage Section UNESCO Regional consultation among category 2 centres, Bangkok 19 July 2010

2 ICH Process for the establishment of a category 2 centre 35 C/Resolution 103 lays out four preliminary steps: (i) Request for action submitted to UNESCO (ii) Feasibility study (iii) Examination by the Executive Board (iv) Resolution by the General Conference Process for the establishment of a category 2 centre

3 ICH Process for the establishment of a category 2 centre UNESCO's 35th General Conference approved the establishment of four centres in Asia and the Pacific: China Republic of Korea Japan Islamic Republic of Iran as well as one centre in Bulgaria, to join the existing centre in Peru (CRESPIAL). Process for the establishment of a category 2 centre

4 ICH Process for the establishment of a category 2 centre Approval by the General Conference marks the halfway point: now the hard work begins. Each draft agreement approved by the General Conference lays out specific conditions that must be accomplished before the category 2 centre becomes operational. Process for the establishment of a category 2 centre

5 ICH Process for the establishment of a category 2 centre The sequence of each of these steps depends on the specific situation in each country. Certain sequences are logical, but work on several steps can proceed in parallel. But all of them must be accomplished before the category 2 centre exists as such. Process for the establishment of a category 2 centre

6 ICH Common features of agreements approved by GC Centre must have functional autonomy necessary for the execution of its activities and the legal capacity: to contract; to institute legal proceedings; to acquire and dispose of movable and immovable property. Common features of approved agreements

7 ICH Common features of agreements approved by GC Centre must have a constitutive act describing precisely:  (a) the legal status, within the national legal system, and the legal capacities described above;  (b) a governing structure for the Institute/Centre allowing UNESCO representation within its governing body. Common features of approved agreements

8 ICH Common features of agreements approved by GC Centre must have a Governing Board, including representatives of Member States in the region and a representative of the Director-General. Before the Governing Board can be constituted, the host State must have invited other Member States in the region to participate in the activities of the future centre, and the States must have informed the Director-General of their interest. Common features of approved agreements

9 ICH Common features of agreements approved by GC Governing Board must meet to: approve its own Rules of Procedure approve the long-term and medium-term programmes approve the annual work plan and staffing table adopt the rules and regulations and determine the financial, administrative and personnel management procedures. Common features of approved agreements

10 ICH Common features of agreements approved by GC Governing Board may also have to decide on the participation of other organizations and entities. Future Governing Boards will examine the annual reports submitted by the director of the Centre, in some cases including a biennial self-assessment of the Centre’s contribution to UNESCO’s programme objectives. Common features of approved agreements

11 ICH Common features of agreements approved by GC Director of Centre must be named, as provided in each agreement. Secretariat must be constituted, as provided in each agreement. Working space must be made available, as provided in each agreement. Common features of approved agreements

12 ICH Common features of agreements approved by GC Agreement must be signed between UNESCO and the host State. Agreement enters into force only when both parties have informed each other in writing that all the formalities required to that effect by the domestic law of the country and by UNESCO’s internal regulations have been completed. Common features of approved agreements

13 ICH When does it become a category 2 centre? All of the above conditions must be met before the category 2 centre exists - until then, the process of establishment remains unfinished. When does it become a category 2 centre?

14 ICH What can the future centre do while completing the process? While still completing the process of establishment, future category 2 centres may: initiate regional activities, in line with their agreed functions and objectives participate in UNESCO's programmes identify regional partners and synergies. What can a centre do while completing the process?

15 ICH What should wait until the process is completed? Until the category 2 centre is fully established, it should not: represent itself as a category 2 centre use after its title the mention “under the auspices of UNESCO” use the UNESCO and ICH logo on its letterheaded paper and documents. What should wait until the process is completed?

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