PHILIPSBURG–Three persons will be representing St. Maarten at the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Meeting in Suriname from October 30 to November 2.
Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs Wycliffe Smith said on Wednesday that UNESCO’s Kingston Cluster Office and the Suriname National Commission for UNNESCO invited St. Maarten to participate in a joint country consultative meeting on intangible cultural heritage in Suriname. (ECYS) Wycliffe Smith told reporters at the Council of Ministers’ press briefing on Wednesday this is the third phase of the project which is called “Strengthening the capacities of Suriname and Dutch Caribbean islands for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage.”
Smith said UNESCO will cover expenses for the St. Maarten representatives, who will be attending the meeting. Attending on behalf of St. Maarten will be Head of the Department of Culture Clara Reyes; Department of Culture representative Sharine Duncan-Allamby and UNESCO Secretary-General for St. Maarten Marcellia Henry.
According to the minister, the meeting is being planned to establish a discussion platform for matters related to intangible cultural heritage; disaster risk preparedness and response; the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage through formal and non-formal education and identifying the needs and the way forward for intangible cultural heritage in all countries.
During the meeting, St. Maarten will update countries present on the progress made with the finalization of its intangible cultural heritage inventory, which Smith said is being compiled by St. Maarten National Commission for UNESCO and the Cultural Department of St. Maarten.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/81970-3-to-attend-unesco-meeting-in-suriname