islamabad-A week-long training workshop on community based inventorying under UNESCO 2003 convention on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage started here on Monday.

The workshop organized by National History and Cultural Heritage Division, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Natural Heritage in collaboration with International Training Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific region hereinafter referred as (CRIHAP) under the auspices of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Secretary National History and Literary Heritage Mohsin S Haqqani, Deputy Director General CRIHAP Zhang Jing, Joint Secretary National History and Literary Heritage Mashhood Mirza, Deputy Secretary Heritage-II Nazir Ahmad and representatives of CRIHAP were present in the inaugural session of the workshop.

Addressing the participants, Secretary Mohsin S Haqqani said Pakistan was endowed with rich intangible cultural heritage including over 60 indigenous languages, oral traditions, folk music and dances, ceramics, jewellery, crafts, metalwork, woodwork and other forms of arts.

He said intangible cultural heritage as in language, beliefs, rituals, traditions, music, dance, folktale and arts, represents historical and cultural development of humanity.

Mohsin S Haqqani further said that in a globalized world, which means homogenization for many, there are people who are more conscious about the role of individual identity in building a richer world.

He said there are nations interested in preserving and celebrating their cultural heritage and Pakistan was one of them.

He said Pakistan ratified “Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage” in 2006, adding that “so far we are able to inscribe just two elements on the world intangible heritage list for humanity i.e. Nowruz festival and falconry.”

He said that National History and Literary Heritage Division, Government of Pakistan, CRIHAP and UNESCO Islamabad have joined hands to organize the second of the series of workshop to promote the objectives of the convention through capacity-building initiatives in Pakistan.

CRIHAP has engaged specialist master trainers to impart training on community based inventorying, he added.

He lauded the administration of CRIHAP and UNESCO Islamabad for extending a help in organizing this workshop for training the heritage professionals in Pakistan.

CRIHAP established in Beijing, China on February 22, 2012 is an international institution in the field of the intangible cultural heritage under the agreement between the government of the People’s Republic of China and UNESCO.