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Another chance for inscription of Nowruz in UNESCO's heritage list

Tehran, 1 December 2005 (CHN) - Following the complaints of Iran to Nowruz not being among UNESCO's new additions to the list of intangible heritage, UNESCO officials announced the incomprehensiveness of the film presented on the ceremony as the main reason of failing Iran's Nowruz file. Now it is supposed that with some changes in UNESCO's Cultural Heritage rules, once again there is hope for Nowruz registration.

"The problem with Nowruz file was the 10-minute film which was provided by Iran. Due to the incomplete movie which covered Nowruz ceremony just in 6 countries instead of all 10 countries, Nowruz file was failed. UNESCO's Cultural Heritage rule will be revised in 2 months and the revising of Nowruz file will be determined within 6 months in an emergency Assembly. The only solution to put an end to the problem is that Iran should hold a session with all the 10 countries which have proposed for the inscription of the ceremony on UNESCO's list of world intangible heritage, and to submit a complete file to UNESCO," said Marilia Bernardes, president of UNESCO's Cultural Diversity Project.

Mohammad Mir Shokraie, head of anthropology research center and the provider of Nowruz file, has also expressed his hope about the decision, "We have demanded a 6-month opportunity for completing the file in the letter we are going to deliver to UNESCO. We are doing our best to take measures as soon as possible in this respect," says Shokraie.

Ehsan Naraghi, former advisor of UNESCO's Secretary General, believes that one of the main reasons for failing Nowruz file was that the 10 countries were not in connection with each other in this respect, "While Afghanistan's representative in UNESCO, which was one of the countries proposing for the inscription of Nowruz on UNESCO's list of world intangible heritage, was unaware of the existence of such a file, and this indicates that Iran's representative failed to fulfill his duties in UNESCO," says Naraghi.

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 will be accepted for sure and Nowruz will be inscribed in the list of UNESCO's world intangible heritage, but it was failed due to the incomprehensiveness of the file.

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