Background

UNESCO: Intangible Cultural Heritage

In June this year FACE was formally accredited by the General Assembly of the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage. The accreditation is given to non-governmental organisations with recognised competence in the field of the intangible cultural heritage to act in an advisory capacity to the Committee.

In this capacity, FACE can be called upon by the Committee of the Convention to provide advice and assistance on intangible cultural heritage related to hunting, of which there is a lot. As part of this Angus Middleton attended part of the 7th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (3-7 December).  During the meeting the recognition of Falconry as an intangible cultural heritage was extended to Austria and Hungary, further enhancing what is already the biggest multinational element on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The process was instructive and can help if further elements of hunting are to be inscribed in this list.