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Prof. Mila Santova, generic D. Sci.
National expert of Intangible Cultural Heritage
Vice president of IOV, Bulgaria

The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Convention 2003) was adopted by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during its 32nd session in Paris on October 17, 2003. This important document, more than 10 years after its adoption, is ratified by most of the countries around the world. Its application in the various countries reflects both the conceptual framework outlined by UNESCO and the different cultural policies created to address the unique characteristics of the world cultures. The creation and applications of the Convention 2003 also serve as an important stimulus for further research and analysis in the field of intangible cultural heritage.


IOV (International Organization of Folk Art), in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO, coordinates its major activities with these processes and, in 2010, UNESCO accredited IOV as a Consultant to the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

THE IOV JOURNAL OF INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE is the publication of IOV World that aims to contribute to the development of international reflection regarding current studies of intangible cultural heritage and of issues related to the application of the Convention 2003.

The contributing authors in this publication were invited because of their specific expertise in the field of intangible cultural heritage. They are either experts of UNESCO working for many years in this thematic area or are members of IOV and its research commission who represent different countries and cultures and have conducted studies on specific aspects of intangible cultural heritage.

Prof. Mila Santova, D. Sci.

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