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Singapore's Unesco bid an exciting journey

After the successful inscription of the Botanic Gardens as a Unesco World Heritage Site during SG50, Singapore is now gunning for a spot on the agency's Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Representative List. Observers say the goal could be to have Singapore's first element listed by next year, in time for the island's bicentennial commemoration.

Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, announced during the debate on her ministry's budget last week that Singapore had ratified Unesco's Convention for the Safeguarding of the ICH. The convention aims to raise awareness about the importance of such heritage items and ensure their protection.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2018, with the headline 'Unesco bid an exciting journey'. Subscribe