At the invitation of UNESCO, Amagugu International Heritage Centre (AIHC) participated as an observer at the 7th General Assembly of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention held in Paris, France from 4 – 6 June 2018.
Article 9 of the UNESCO ICH Convention provides for accreditation of advisory organisations with recognised competence in the field of intangible cultural heritage. AIHC becomes the first Zimbabwean institution to be accorded the accreditation status.
NGOs accredited by UNESCO provide advisory services to the Intergovernmental Committee in the framework of the 2003 UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention. In particular, NGOs participate in the identification and definition of intangible cultural heritage; the drawing up of inventories; the elaboration and implementation of programmes, projects and activities and the preparation of nomination files for inscription on the Lists.
Accredited NGOs play important roles at the national level, working with communities, states and other stakeholders to help implement the ICH Convention and thereby assist in the safeguarding of ICH around the world.
By virtue of accreditation, AIHC has become a member of the ICH NGO Forum, a body of NGOs that fosters communication, networking and partnerships between and among NGOs.