Prepared at the 10th World Congress of Ethnic Religions on 20.06.2007 in Jurmala, Latvia

Resolution is prepared to be submitted to:

UNESCO
UNESCO National Commissions
National Governments
Ministries of Culture

We, the Participants of the 10th World Congress of Ethnic Religions, consider that:

– ethnic religion constitutes the most important part of cultural heritage of every nation and expresses its  world outlook;

– ethnic religion is the live spirit and soul of folklore;

– in order to enable folklore, ancient traditions and customs to carry on their full symbolic meaning and sense their sacral core – ethnic religion – should be safeguarded.

The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which came to effect on 17 October, 2003, should be the priority of each State Party to the Convention.

The Convention says: “the processes of globalization and social transformation, alongside the conditions they create for renewed dialogue among communities, also give rise, as does the phenomenon of intolerance, to grave threats of deterioration, disappearance and destruction of the intangible cultural heritage”

In order to enable peoples to safeguard their unique identity, they need to save their ethnic religion as the cultural heritage. The said sets the responsibilities for the UNESCO member states:

1)       to secure the spiritual cultural heritage – the ethnic religion by the state legislation;

2)       to ensure respect for the spiritual cultural heritage;

3)       to raise awareness on the local, national and international level of the significance of the spiritual cultural heritage, ensuring mutual appreciation and safeguarding thereof;

4)       to take measures aimed at ensuring viability of the intangible cultural heritage, including the identification, documentation, research, preservation, protection, promotion, enhancement,  as well as revitalization of the various aspects of the spiritual cultural heritage;

5)       to promote transmission of intangible cultural heritage, especially with the help of the formal and informal education.

All the above mentioned concerns each State Party to this Convention, but it should be taken into account that, according to the Article 33 of this UNESCO Convention, also all States not Members of UNESCO are invited by the General Conference of UNESCO to accede to it.

Recognizing that safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage is of general interest to humanity, the Participants of the 10th Conference of the World Congress of Ethnic Religions address the governments of their countries and the representatives of all world cultures, to do everything possible, to implement the objectives set out in the UNESCO Convention.