ON DECEMBER 4TH, 2013, THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET WAS DECLARED INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF HUMANITY BY UNESCO, DURING THE INTERGOVERNAMENTAL COMMITTEE MEETING IN BAKU (AZERBAIJAN).
This transnational nomination was undersigned by seven states with millennial Mediterranean cultures: Portugal (Tavira), Cyprus (Agros), Croatia (Hvar e Brac), Greece (Koroni), Spain (Soria), Italy (Cilento) and Morocco (Chefchaouen).
The Committee’s decision to include the Mediterranean Diet in UNESCO World Heritage List is due to, among others, the following criteria:
- The Mediterranean Diet is a set of traditional practices, knowledge and expertise passed down from generation to generation and which provides a sense of belonging and continuity to the involved communities;
- The inscription of the Mediterranean Diet in the World Heritage List would give greater visibility to the diversity of the intangible cultural heritage and promotes the intercultural dialogue at a regional and international level.
The request to have the Mediterranean Diet included in the World Intangible Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO was prepared and submitted jointly by the above mentioned 7 states. The technical and formal preparation of the contents was carried out in Tavira municipality, responding to all UNESCO’s requirements, a process shared with public and private institutions, at regional and national level mainly with the local community, a work carried out in close cooperation with the States and the respective communities.
To view the video of the nomination, click HERE