The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted in the General Conference of UNESCO in 2003, so 2023 marks the 20ths anniversary of the Convention. The aim of the Convention is to promote the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, ensure respect for the intangible cultural heritage of communities, groups, and individuals and raise awareness of the importance of intangible cultural heritage. So far (2023) 181 states have ratified the Convention.
Intangible cultural heritage is generated through constant, living processes. The dimensions that are emphasized in the Convention are that traditions are living and contemporary, inclusive, representative, and community-based.
Each State Party of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will draw up an inventory of intangible heritage as a part of the implementation of the Convention. The purpose of the inventories is to raise awareness of the importance of intangible cultural heritage and to share best practices internationally.