Pakistan ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2006. However, effective implementation of the Convention has yet to be seen, the reason being inadequate understanding and lack of competence among concerned agencies regarding the mechanisms of the Convention.
During the previous biennium, UNESCO Islamabad carried out some modest initiatives on training and capacity-building of government personnel in Islamabad. However, after the devolution of culture to the provinces, there is a need to build the capacities at the provincial/district levels to reach out to communities as well as the local administration.
Against this backdrop, UNESCO Islamabad proposed to promote the objectives of the Convention through capacity-building initiatives in the Punjab Province. UNESCO’s Master Trainer awarded a contract to design 1st phase of the training workshop on the implementation of 2003 convention for safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Department of Cultural and Information, Government of Punjab has also been involved to organize the workshop. Participants from all over Punjab Province and other provinces of Pakistan attended the first Session of the workshop. The 2nd session of the workshop focusing on the Urgent Safeguarding List and Representative List shall be conducted in 2013.