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Finnish Heritage Agency asks for statements for the action plan of intangible cultural heritage by 5th April.

Finnish Heritage Agency has drawn up, in cooperation with the ICH advisory group, an action plan for Intangible Cultural Heritage for the years 2023–2028. It is possible to comment on the draft programme by 5th April.

The UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted in 2003 at the UNESCO General Assembly. The importance of the Convention has been widely recognised around the world, and already 180 countries have ratified the Convention. In Finland, the Convention was ratified in 2013 and its national implementation is carried out by the Finnish Heritage Agency.

The Action Plan for ICH now drawn up, covers the period from 2023 to 2028. This programme is based on Finland’s first periodic reporting on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2022.

The action programme presents work in Finland to safeguard living heritage. The programme includes eight target chapters: implementation in Finland, actors in intangible cultural heritage, strategic development and funding, education and training, research in support of safeguarding, visibility and media, international cooperation and the importance of intangible cultural heritage in society. The chapters also include policy recommendations.

The objective of the plan is to describe and align the work related to the UNESCO 2003 Convention in Finland. At the same time, it sets out how the objectives of the Convention are to be met at national level. The programme supports the work of the Finnish Heritage Agency in the implementation of the agreement. At the same time, it provides information on the state of safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Finland. We hope that the action plan will stimulate the creation of new networks and the development of living, intangible cultural heritage.

The statement is asked to be delivered by replying to a referral published at The statement does not need to be sent separately by e-mail or post. All statements made are public in the service. The statement is requested to be sent through the platform to the Finnish Heritage Agency by Wednesday 5th April 2023.

More information

Read the draft of the Action Plan here (in Finnish).

Leave your comment in the here (in Finnish and in Swedish)

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