FIAT-IFTA International NGO UNESCO

FIAT-IFTA International NGO UNESCO

Paris 3rd of June 2014, Announcement by the Executive Board of FIAT-IFTA: President Mr. Marc Poirier (Canada), 1st Vice President Mrs. Teresa Saavedra, Secretary Treasurer Mr. Dirk van Vuure Jr. and by the Chairman of the FIAT-IFTA Funeral Heritage Steering Committee Mr. Henry Keizer:

Accreditation of FIAT-IFTA as International NGO Consultative Status UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee at the 5th Session of the UNESCO General Assembly of the State Parties to the Convention For the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Paris, 2 – 5 June 2014, UNESCO Headquarters.

FIAT-IFTA – The World Organization of Funeral Operatives is now the only Funeral Organization to held the NGO Status with UNESCO and with United Nations ECOSOC.

Upon decision of the Meeting of the 34 National Members of FIAT-IFTA at the Convention held in Dusseldorf, Germany, a delegation led by 1st Vice President Mrs. Teresa Saavedra has attended the 5th Session of the UNESCO General Assembly of the State Parties to the Convention For the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Delegation Members
Mrs. Teresa Saavedra, 1st Vice President of FIAT-IFTA
Mr. Zhang Hongchan, Vice President of CFA
Mr. Wang Jisheng, Vice President CFA, Department Cemeteries
Mrs. Yi Hua, Vice President Fu Shou Yuan Group and Head Department Culture and Heritage
Mr. Gerard Knap, Assistant to FIAT-IFTA Secretary Treasurer
Translator Ms. Shu Ting .

Previously the UNESCO Committee Intangible Cultural Heritage had formulated the proposal to accredit FIAT-IFTA as International NGO to act in an advisory capacity to the Committee. This advise was already given at the 7th session of the Committee, Paris, 3-7 December 2012. The proposal was now submitted to the General Assembly of State Parties. Out of a total of 314 applications made since 2012, the number of 22 organizations were submitted for accreditation according to Article 9 of the Convention. The 22 non-governmental organizations that meet the criteria were listed in the Annex to the draft resolution.

Tuesday morning 3 June 2014 the General Assembly adopted item 6 of the Agenda: Accreditation of the 22 NGO’s.
Congratulations were received from State delegation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands ( FIAT-IFTA is officially based in the Netherlands) from other State delegations, from the members of the NGO Forum and from several National Members.

This accreditation means that all National Members of FIAT-IFTA are now entitled to use in their publications the mention:
Member of FIAT-IFTA: International NGO Consultative Status UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

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