Joint Training ICH St. Maarten



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In May 2014, the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius, St. Maarten and Suriname to implement the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage’ was launched in the Dutch Caribbean islands and Suriname, with the support of a contribution from the Government of the Netherlands to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund at UNESCO. This project follows on from the 2013 meeting held in Aruba, which assessed the needs and requirements for jointly and individually implementing the 2003 Convention.

The first of two joint trainings was held at the Divi Little Bay Resort, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, from 8-12 September 2014, and focussed on the requirements for the successful implementation of the Convention at the national level in the Dutch Caribbean sub-region. Over 30 participants from Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten, in addition to observers from Anguilla, Belize and Jamaica received training as part of UNESCO’s global capacity building strategy to safeguard intangible heritage and for its sustainable use. The joint training also provided the opportunity for participants to share their experiences and challenges with implementation at the sub-regional level, while learning from the successes of each other.

National consultations are a critical component of this project and are foreseen in all specified countries to sensitize and to bring together this diverse group of stakeholders responsible for safeguarding their heritage and implementing relevant policy. To date, Curacao and Sint Maarten have undertaken their national meetings with 15-30 persons from each island participating in these consultations. Consultations are currently being planned for Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius in the latter part of 2014.

Another joint island training will be held in Curaçao in February 2015, and will provide training on the inventorying of intangible heritage, later progressing to a field inventorying pilot project in all the islands.

Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)


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The UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean in coordination with the UNESCO Havana Office and the Intangible Culture Section at UNESCO Headquarters is coordinating the project ‘Strengthening the capacities of Suriname and Dutch Caribbean islands for implementing the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage’

This project is part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section’s global strategy for strengthening national capacities for safeguarding ICH and is being funded by the Government of the Netherlands. Project activities will be implemented over the two years in close consultation with among other National Commissions for UNESCO as well as the focal institute for ICH in the beneficiary countries such as Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Suriname.

The objectives of the project will focus on:

National consultations between government and non-government stakeholders involved in the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage; joint training on the implementation of the Convention at the national level, targeting community involvement and safeguarding; The implementation of training on community based inventorying to assist in the development of safeguarding policies.

Expectations are that local and national entities in the Dutch Caribbean will have enhanced capacities to safeguard their Intangible Cultural Heritage and appropriate measures identified to assure long term safeguarding.

World Book and Copyright Day(WBCD)


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The Curaçao NatCom together with the National Library of Curaçao Frank Martinus Arion, Fundashon Material pa Skol i Kressé Book and Giftstore celebrated World Book and Copyright Day 2014.

Local authors and also from Aruba, Bonaire and St. Maarten  were given the opportunity to display their publications at an all day activity held at the National Library.

A special section for children 0-4 was also officially opened on this day by the Minister of Education Hon.  Irene A. Dick.

The authors also received a certificate and a small token of appreciation from the 4 organisations for their devoted attention in publishing books in the Papiamentu language.