Intangible Cultural Heritage

Fiji ratified the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010 after a national consultation was held in Suva Fiji in 2009. vff Ratifying a Convention comes with obligations for Fiji and this includes participation as an Observer state Party at the Intergovernmental Committee for ICH meetings by culture officials and at the UNESCO General Assembly by Fiji’s Minister for Education (National Heritage & Culture).

Fiji is working towards nominations for both Urgent Safeguarding and Best Practice Lists under the 2003 Convention.

In the Pacific, the following ICH elements have been listed in the UNESCO ICH Representative List:

* Lakalaka Performance (Kingdom of Tonga)

* Sand-drawings (Vanuatu)

In as far as implementation of the 2003 convention is concerned; Fiji is pursuing numerous programmes that enhance the development of ICH at the national level. Some of these were pursued prior to Fiji ratifying the 2003 Convention for Safeguarding ICH.