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The Inter-City Intangible Cultural Cooperation Network (ICCN) is the only international organization of local governments and cultural organizations that aims to safeguard the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. The ICCN has been working to explore creative and effective policies for safeguarding the local Intangible Cultural Heritage and its inseparable relation to sustainable local development. Furthermore, we aim to make cultural peace based on mutual understanding formed through intercultural dialogue.

Worldwide living heritage celebrated and communities empowered

Mission statement
1) To co-operate with local authorities/cities for equal and friendly sharing of living heritage 
2) To realize the wellbeing of communities with local culture

The Inter-City Intangible Cultural Cooperation Network (ICCN) established as a platform for the world-wide collaboration of mayors and local authorities for safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage as a vital component of sustainable development. The initiative for the creation of the ICCN was started at the first International Round Table of Mayors, in Gangneung City, Republic of Korea in 2004. As the following action, the participants of the 2008 Round Table of Mayors unanimously agreed to the official founding of the ICCN in Egypt.

The organs of the ICCN are: General Assembly, Executive Board, International Advisory Committee, and Secretariat.
_General Assembly
The General Assembly, formerly called the Round Table of Mayors, serves as the highest decision-making body of the ICCN. It consists of the mayors and representatives of the member cities and meets every two years.
_Executive Board
The Executive Board takes a leading-role in the ICCN’s strategy and administration. It prepares the agenda and annual action programs for the approval of the General Assembly. maximum ten(10) board members, including three(3) representatives from associate members by a majority of the ICCN members and meets annually.
The Secretariat serves as the principal coordinator of the network and Gangneung City is taking charge and financing its own operations in such a capacity. The Secretariat may be assumed by other full members on the condition that the hosting member must finance its own operations. (The Secretary-General may attend all ICCN meetings, carry out decisions of the General Assembly and Executive Board, and manage the Secretariat.)

Current Board Members (2014.10-2016.09)

  • Algemesi, Spain
  • Xochimilco, Mexico
  • Vlcnov, Czech
  • Monreale, Italy
  • Shiraz, Iran
  • FACM, Algeria
  • ANCT, France
  • Gangneung, Korea (Ex-oficio)
  • Esfahan, Iran (Ex-oficio)Advocacy (Policy Making)

The ICCN notes that Intangible Cultural Heritage is under threat from indiscreet globalization and unsustainable developmental policies.
Considering that local governments are the first actors at the forefront for the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, we are taking appropriate measures to develop strategies and working to explore creative and effective policies in this area.

Cultural Heritage, we are taking appropriate measures to develop strategies and working
1)    General Assembly
General Assembly is the sovereign body of the ICCN. Sessions are held every two years. It determines the general policies and principle functions of the ICCN and approves annual action programs proposed by the Executive Board. It has special discussions of certain themes, which will inspire us to new approaches in cultural policies at the local, national and international level.
2)    Thematic Workshop
Every workshop has its specialized themes and is held every two years and there are extra sessions on special occasions. It is open to not only members of the ICCN but also other experts and related organizations for sharing its expertise and experiences, and also deepening understandings in related issues of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Sustainable Local Development
ICCN believes the crucial role of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in sustainable local development. A creative economy, which combines culture, represented as ‘sensibility’, with existing knowledge and technology, is the key for local development and competiveness. The ICCN is trying to maximize local cultural identity and to inspire local’s creativity through its Intangible Cultural Heritage. Eventually, this cultural identity and creativity will lead to sustainable local development and put locals in a leading role of the coming future.Cultural Exchanges
The ICCN has been always supportive for the cultural exchanges among our members. Through cultural exchanges, they are able to build mutual understanding on each other and this understanding becomes the strongest fertilizer of the ICCN’s spirit of cooperation and mutual assistance.
Valencian Museum of Festivities.
St. Nou del Convent, 71.
46680 – Algemesi
Valencia (Spain)

Reference: Shiraz Municipality
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