ACE Accredited as NGO by UNESCO
In September UNESCO accredited the Association for Cultural Equity as a non-governmental organization providing advisory services to its 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage program is devoted to safeguarding ICH through documentation, promotion, fostering transmission and revitalizing cultural practices and expressions. It designates ICH from among the 178 states parties that have ratified the Convention for the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural of Humanity and lists of best safeguarding practices and ICH in urgent need of safeguarding. ACE is one of only five NGOs accredited by the UNESCO ICH program in the United States, whose government has not ratified the Convention. ACE’s successful application listed multiple types of ICH that it is involved in safeguarding: oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events. Our UNESCO accreditation will enable us to continue to expand our collaborations with NGOs and nations throughout the world. Attendance at the 2019 and 2020 Intergovernmental Committee meetings of the UNESCO ICH program has already resulted in the development of relationships with a dozen nations that will contribute content to Global Jukebox.