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Culture and traditions are part of the intangible cultural heritage. They are transmitted from generation to generation, and are constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature, and their history. They provide people with a sense of identity and continuity, and promotes respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.

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Culture and traditions are part of the intangible cultural heritage. They are transmitted from generation to generation, and are constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature, and their history. They provide people with a sense of identity and continuity, and promotes respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.

    Is Culture the Key to Safeguarding Indigenous Rights?

    Is Culture the Key to Safeguarding Indigenous Rights?

    40 percent of the estimated 6,700 languages spoken around the world are in danger of disappearing. Most of these languages are indigenous languages, which embody complex systems of knowledge developed and accumulated over thousands of years. The disappearance of these languages often means this knowledge is lost forever. As the world marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages, we sat down with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to talk about why she views culture as crucial to the fight for indigenous rights.

    • 26 min
    Why Architects are Looking to the Past to Build the Sustainable Cities of Tomorrow

    Why Architects are Looking to the Past to Build the Sustainable Cities of Tomorrow

    In this episode, UNESCO sits down with Thomas Vonier, President of the International Union of Architects, to discuss the designation of Rio de Janeiro as the first World Capital of Architecture, and why architects and urban planners are increasingly looking to the ways of the past for solutions to today's urban challenges. Could bicycles, sidewalks and "building for the ages" be the keys to making cities --now home to more than half of the world's population-- sustainable?

    This is the Stuff of Life

    This is the Stuff of Life

    From the coaxing ritual for camels of Mongolia to the Bigwala music and dance of Uganda, the latest episode of Culture Speaks focuses on Living Heritage and UNESCO's efforts to safeguard it for the future. Tim Curtis, Secretary of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding on the Intangible Cultural Heritage

    • 42 min
    Reviving the Spirit of Mosul

    Reviving the Spirit of Mosul

    This episode provides an in-depth look at UNESCO's new initiative to "Revive the Spirit of Mosul", the largest reconstruction effort undertaken by UNESCO in recent years.

    • 28 min
    Integrating Culture into Reconstruction and Recovery

    Integrating Culture into Reconstruction and Recovery

    In this episode, Sameh Wahba, Director of the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank, reveals why the world's largest development bank now sees culture as integral part of its efforts to support the reconstruction of cities following conflict or crisis

    • 22 min
    ICTs: The key to safeguarding intangible heritage?

    ICTs: The key to safeguarding intangible heritage?

    This special youth edition of Culture Speaks features a young change-maker and UNESCO Youth Forum participant, Tamara Richardson, who describes the key role ICTs can play in safeguarding humanity's intangible cultural heritage.

    • 13 min

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