The 11th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, 28 November-2 December 2016, decided to inscribe the Georgian nomination "Living Culture of the three writing systems of the Georgian alphabet" on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The members of the Intergovernmental Committee supported unanimously the nomination submitted and stated that it fully complies with all the criteria of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The Georgian nomination was presented in 2015 and its main purpose is to highlight the importance of the three writing systems of the Georgian alphabet (Mrglovani, Nuskhuri, Mkhedruli) which resulted from the systemic evolution of the Georgian written language and their harmonious co-existence in the modern reality.
The “Living Culture of the three writing systems of the Georgian alphabet” is the third Georgian element inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Georgian Delegation participating in the work of the Committee was composed of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia in France and Permanent Delegate in UNESCO, H.E Ms. Ekaterine Siradze-Delaunay, the Director of the Department of International Cultural and Humanitarian Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and General Secretary of the National Commission for UNESCO, Ms. Ketevan Kandelaki, and the General Director of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, Mr. Nikoloz Antidze.