Consultative meeting on the role of Non-Governmental Organizations in the context of the 2003 convention on the protection of intangible cultural heritage

The UNESCO building in Paris

On April 18, 2019, a consultative meeting of NGOs in partnership with UNESCO, accredited under the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was held. The main topic of the meeting was the role of non-governmental organizations under the Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, in particular the recognition of various consultative functions of NGOs and their consequences for the reform of the accreditation system.
The meeting was held under the leadership of Mr. Tim Curtis, Secretary of the Convention of 2003 and Head of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Sector.

Mr. Tim Curtis, Secretary of the Convention

Discussions and debates were conducted in such a way as to contribute to more active participation of NGOs accredited under the Convention. It was discussed in detail that only participation in the meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee is insufficient for the active work and the full presence of NGOs. These comments made it clear that NGOs can contribute directly to the process of reforming the accreditation system.
In this prestigious forum, Ms. Petya Zelenski, permanent representative of Sozopol Foundation in UNESCO participated actively.

Ms. Petya Zelenski, representative of Sozopol Foundation in UNESCO

She presented the good work of Sozopol Foundation for preservation and popularization of the rich intangible cultural heritage. The projects implemented by Sozopol Foundation under the UNESCO Participation Program, and the participation in international forums and events fully support and confirm the active work and commitment of Sozopol Foundation.