President of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF, Kaloyan Nikolov participated in the "The role of accredited non-governmental organizations under the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage" consultative meeting as a member of the Steering Committee of the ICH NGO FORUM. The meeting was held in the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris on April 18th.
The purpose of this consultation meeting is discussion of the possibility of revising the accreditation process of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the Convention and strengthening the role of accredited organizations in Convention's implementation at local and national level.
Mr Ernesto Ottone, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture officially opened the event. The meeting was led by the Secretary-General of the Convention, Mr Tim Curtis. 68 accredited organizations and 37 states parties attended the event.
On the proposal of the Convention Secretariat, three main organizational processes were considered. The first process involves revising the existing accreditation system as well as examining the processes for extending inter alia functions. The second option is the transformation of the ICH NGO FORUM into an umbrella organization that manages the accreditation process and the coordination of NGOs in order to carry out a quick working relationship with the Convention Committee. The third process is expressed in the hybrid system of work, where the umbrella organization will strengthen ICH NGO's advisory functions to the Convention.
The deliberations of the consultative meeting will be carefully examined by the Convention Secretariat and submitted for consultation and discussion to the intergovernmental committee in Bogota, Colombia in November.
On 23.04, the President of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF - Kaloyan Nikolov presented the discussions at the Consultative Meeting in front of the Expert Council on Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with an Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, lecturing at the "Intangible cultural heritage - problems and perspectives" seminar.