“Treasures of traditional Moroccan arts” highlighted at UNESCO

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 9:47 p.m.

Paris – The “Treasures of traditional Moroccan arts” were highlighted during a conference on Tuesday at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, on the sidelines of the work of the tenth session of the General Assembly of the 2003 Convention for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.

At the opening of this conference, initiated by the Ministry of Tourism, Crafts and Social and Solidarity Economy and the UNESCO office for the Maghreb, the Permanent Delegate Ambassador of Morocco to UNESCO , Samir Addahre, underlined the importance of the efforts made by the Kingdom to promote the craft sector, in particular by adopting an ambitious strategy for its development by 2030 and by setting up a program to safeguard knowledge -doing linked to crafts and threatened with disappearance, through their transmission to younger generations, which was the subject of an agreement signed in November 2022 between the Ministry of Tourism, Crafts and Social Economy and solidarity and the UNESCO office in Rabat.

Mr. Addahre also noted the large and growing number of elements related to crafts inscribed on the representative list of the 2003 Convention.

As part of this momentum and working in favor of its artisan communities, Morocco gives priority to registration applications linked to craft professions, like the Moroccan Caftan application files submitted for the 2025 cycle , and that of Zellige currently being prepared for the 2027 cycle, we remind you.

Likewise, Morocco actively participates in the preparation of multinational application files linked to craft professions.

After the inscription in 2023 of the common good “The arts, know-how and practices associated with engraving on metals (gold, silver and copper)” on the representative list, the Kingdom continues to work for the inscription of other knowledge – making crafts, like rammed earth as part of the common file “Art and traditions of building in earth” led by Morocco and many other elements, such as “basketry” and “the manufacture and practice of ‘Oud’.

The various interventions during this conference were respectively focused on “the safeguarding of know-how linked to craftsmanship and threatened with disappearance through their transmission to younger generations”, “the system for transmitting know-how linked to crafts” and “support for the integration of apprentices”.

This conference saw the participation of several ambassadors and representatives of different delegations to UNESCO and an audience of expert panelists, composed in particular of the representative of the UNESCO office for the Maghreb, Eric Falt, the director of the Professional training and continuing education of craftsmen at the Ministry of Tourism, Crafts and Social and Solidarity Economy, Hassan Chouikh, as well as the president of the Moroccan federation of craft businesses, Khalid Alami.

According to a press release from the Kingdom’s permanent delegation to UNESCO, the work of the tenth session of the General Assembly of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage saw the election of Mr. Addahre as vice-president representing the Arab Group within the new Bureau of the Assembly.

On this occasion, he presented a report on the activities of the Intergovernmental Committee on the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage during the presidency of Morocco, the 17th session of which was held in Rabat from November 28 to December 3, 2022.

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