Symposium on SDGs Project to be held on 1st February 2023

The International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (IRCI) is holding an international symposium under its research project “Research on ICH Contributing to SDGs: Intangible Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Cities and Communities”. All interested parties and individuals are invited to attend online. Please see below for the information.

1. Objectives:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 consist of 17 goals and 169 targets to realize a sustainable world. Since FY 2018, IRCI has been implementing research projects considering the role of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) to achieve SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and from FY 2022, started a new project “Research on ICH Contributing to SDGs: Intangible Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Cities and Communities”, specifically focusing on Target 11.4 (strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage). The project highlights areas and cities with historical and cultural landscapes including World Heritage sites, to investigate the role of ICH in safeguarding and maintaining such landscapes and the possibilities of mobilizing heritage for sustainable development of the communities. Inviting researchers from the Asia-Pacific region, this symposium provides an opportunity to discuss the role of ICH in achieving SDG 11.4 by sharing various case studies. Being at the first year of the project, various challenges and opportunities associated with ICH in the context of SDGs will be explored.

2. Date : 1st February(Wed)10:30-16:45 (JST)  UCT+9:00

3. Platform: Online(Webinar) *Registration(free of charge) is required. Please see below to register.

4. Language: English and Japanese(Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretations are available.)

5. Programme (Tentative As of 11 January):




10:30 – 10:45

  Opening remarks

Wataru Iwamoto, Director-General, IRCI

Duong Bich Hanh, Programme Specialist for Culture, UNESCO Beijing Office

Shun Shirai, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Keynote Lecture

10:45 – 11:30

  Keynote lecture on cultural landscape

Makoto Motonaka, Director General, Nara National Research Institutes for Cultural Properties

11:30 – 11:40

  Q&A session

SESSION1: IRCI project “ICH for sustainable cities and communities” and case studies

11:40 – 11:50


11:50 – 12:10

  Cambodia: ICH Contributing to SDGs-Angkor Project: Traditional Handicraft & Livelihood

Sokrithy Im, APSARA National Authority (ANA)

12:10 – 12:30

  Fiji: The role of a traditional bamboo basket, ‘ikata’ making on everyday life and landscape and the resource management of bamboo in Natoaika Village

Emosi Caniogo, iTaukei Institute of Languages and Culture (TILC)

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 13:50

  Malaysia: Intertwining Built Heritage Protection and ICH Safeguarding: Case Study from George Town, Malaysia

Ming Chee Ang, George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI)

SESSION2: Initiatives in the Asia-Pacific regions

13:50 – 14:10

  Vanuatu: Community-based conservation and management of the Chief Roi Mata’s Domain World Heritage site, Vanuatu

Meredith Wilson, Heritage professional

Christopher Ballard, Australian National University

14:10 – 14:30

  Tajikistan: The Study of ICH, related to the cultural and natural objects in Tajikistan

Dilshod Rahimi, The Research Institute of Culture and Information of the Ministry of Culture (RICI)

14:30 – 14:50

  Nepal: The Role of Intangible Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Historic Cities found in “Newar’s Traditional Crafts and Dwelling Culture of Craftsman”

Lata Shakya, Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University (DMUCH)

14:50 – 15:10

  The Philippines: Rice and Rituals in the WHS Rice Terraces of The Philippine Cordilleras

Marlon M. Martin, Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement (SITMo)

15:10 – 15:30

  Japan: Correlation between intangible heritage and landscape/environment as cultural infrastructure – In the case of the IWOR concept promoted by the Ainu people in Japan-

Hideki Yoshihara, Biratori Town Office, The Promotion of Ainu Measures and Policy

15:30 – 15:40


15:40 – 16:40


16:40 – 16:45

  Closing remarks

Kiichi Oyasu, Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU)



6. Registration

Registration (free of charge) is required. Please click on the link below for registration. Registration deadline: 30 January 2023
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the URL link to the webinar.

Contact :
IRCI Secretariat   
TEL:+81-72- 275-8050

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