The Legal Framework for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mexico
The text spans the role and the influence Mexico played in UNESCO since its foundation also by establishing an ad hoc Commission of Cooperation to ensure a bold coordination among public sector, private institutions and civil society to properly implement its conventions, programs and policies, and to stimulate UNESCO itself in addressing new challenges. This was the case for the ICH Convention with the organization of the World Conference on Cultural Policies held in Mexico City in 1982, known as Mondiacult, which paved the way for reaching an internationally accepted definition of ICH and its extent. The contribution focuses as well on the legal and implementing tools developed by the country to implement the 2003 Convention, such as the Registration form for the ICH Inventory of Mexico, with particular attention to traditional crafts, an area where Mexican cultural diversity is greatly expressed, as proven by the establishment of a dedicated National Fund in 1974.
- UNESCO (2003) Convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. UNESCO, ParisGoogle Scholar