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Cuba member of the UNESCO Committee
Along with Venezuela, Paraguay and another nine countries, Cuba will have the mission to promote the objectives of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, as well as to advise and make suggestions leading to protect this legacy.

President of the National Cultural Heritage Council of Cuba, Margarita Ruiz, told Prensa Latina that the existence of this safeguarding spirit is very important to developing nations, as a bastion against globalization and homogenization, as it defends diversity above all.

Cuban Ambassador to UNESCO, Hector Hernandez, said that the election of Cuba recognizes the Island’s cultural efforts and the support received from the international community in this regard.

The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, approved in October 2003, was put into force in April 2006.

It protects traditions and oral expressions, (including languages), the arts (traditional music, dance and theatre, social uses, rituals and festivities, as well as nature and universe-related knowledge and uses and traditional craftsmanship techniques, among others.


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