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UNESCO to Revise Nowruz File


News Category: Cultural

 10 December 2005



UNESCO has announced that Nowruz file has not been rejected yet and Iran can ask for a revision of the case by UNESCO’s experts after completion of the file.

“In a meeting with Fatemeh Farahani, head of UNESCO’s cultural office in Iran, she announced that UNESCO has not rejected the Nowruz file yet. UNESCO and the members of the jury have decided that the file was not comprehensive. Therefore, the file will be sent to Iran to be completed and then it will be revised by UNESCO,” said Mohammad Mir Shokraie, director of anthropology research center and the provider of Nowruz file.

“The talks about the Nowruz file have been informal so far. We have not received any formal letter from UNESCO in this regard yet, and we can not proceed as long as we haven’t received any formal note from this organization,” explained Farahani.

According to Mir Shokraei, UNESCO’s reason to delay submitting the letter is not clear, but the anthropology center is doing its best to inscribe Nowruz file in the list of UNESCO’s intangible heritage list by 2007.

While Ahmad Jalali, Iran’s representative in UNESCO, has refused to give any explanation for Nowruz case so far, a lot of experts believe that the situation has been caused by the failure of Iran’s representative to communicate with the representatives of other countries who have applied for inscribing Nowruz in UNESCO’s intangible heritage list alongside Iran.

A year ago, Nowruz file was submitted by Iran to be inscribed in the third UNESCO’s intangible heritage list. While a lot of experts from UNESCO and Iran believed that the file would be accepted for sure and Nowruz would be inscribed in the list of UNESCO’s world intangible heritage, the file was rejected due to its incomprehensiveness.





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