Even though we are encountered extraordinary conditions due to the COVID-19, both co-organizers decide to continue cooperative exchanges among ICH NGOs in this challenging time by changing the conference format to online. Therefore, this year, as a timely issue, the conference aims to thoroughly understand the broadness and depth of ICH NGOs’ roles and challenges, particularly in the education field. Since the breaking of the pandemic, diverse cultural institutes, such as museums and galleries, offered online access to all, and UNESCO also has been trying to collect case studies in the line with the 2003 Convention and sustainable development, particularly SDG 4 Quality Education.
The value illumines when the situation is in hardship. So is the intangible cultural heritage. These days, it is called as living heritage, which emphasizes the characteristics of a source of resilience, inspiration, joy, and solidarity. This conference will be a ground for diverse stakeholders centering on NGOs to overcome the crisis for the bright future.
The 2020 ICH NGO Conference aims to better understand the interrelationship between intangible cultural heritage and education in the sense of sustainable development, to discover good practices, and empower ICH NGOs in the region through sharing useful experiences and information on their activities. Notably, by strengthening NGO networks in the world under the current unexpected crisis, Many ICH NGOs, based on their experience and specialties, conduct activities in diverse ways. As NGOs are mediators bridging between governments and communities, it is crucial to share their activities and build a network for vitalizing their ICH safeguarding activities for the sustainable development of humanity.
- To understand and examine the effects and roles of ICH NGOs in crisis
- To widen the scope of reachable, adaptable, and practical ICH safeguarding tools