Track 3: ICH and Sustainable Development

Under the 2003 UNESCO Convention, intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is considered as a mainspring of cultural diversity and an important part of sustainable development. In fact, ICH can be interlinked with different dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social, environmental, peace and security etc. In the course of human history, societies have constantly adapted their ICH to address their needs and social issues across these different dimensions.

More recently, ICH has been regarded as an emerging contributor to businesses and economies (especially the creative economy), and a key driver in terms of achieving inclusive social development and strengthening social cohesion, in alignment with the goals of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In this track, speakers will share their perspectives on the role of ICH in different aspects of sustainable development; present case studies on that illustrate the linkage(s) between ICH and sustainable development; and explore how ICH can foster inclusivity and promote social cohesion.