Action plan for 2019-2022 published

The plan outlines the work for the UNESCO 2003 Convention in Finland

Action plan for 2019-2022 published

The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was ratified in Finland in 2013. The Finnish Heritage Agency is responsible for its implementation at national level. In the recent years intangible cultural heritage has gained footing in the fields of heritage, media and also in national legislation.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Agency has published a plan for the national implementation of the Convention covering the years 2019–2022. The action plan was drawn up to describe and outline the work related to the UNESCO 2003 Convention in Finland. The plan describes the measures that have been taken so far and defines the goals for the implementation period 2019–2022. An online survey was held in the spring of 2019 in order to draw up the action plan and a total of 64 different organisations, as well as private individuals, responded to the survey.

The action plan defines the roles of the parties in relation to implementing the Convention: Finnish Heritage Agency, the Ministry, advisory group on ICH and the Circles of Living Heritage. Inventorying living heritage and the related goals are discussed in more detail. With regard to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, the focus is on raising awareness; political, legal and administrative measures; transmitting traditions and education; recording and documentation; and research. The plan also specifies goals and measures related to international cooperation.

Download the Action plan here in English (pdf 2,2 Mt)