India has been elected to the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for the next four years (2014-18). India won the election to this committee held on 4 June 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris by a resounding 135 votes against a total of 142 votes cast by Member States, who were present in the voting.
The elections were held by the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Among 10 countries that contested and won in the election, India recorded the highest number of votes amongst the ten countries which contested the election and have won.
India has got selected in this committee for second time. First time, it was a member of the committee from 2006 to 2010.
About Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was accepted in June 2006 by Resolution 1.GA 7A on proposal of Algerian authorities.
It is a body that has 24 members who are elected for a term of four years. The committee work to safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) ensuring respect for the intangible cultural heritage of nations, groups and individuals, as also to raise awareness at the local, national and international levels of the importance of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
When: 4 June 2014
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