Couscous, a North-African emblematic dish, joined the UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, during the 15th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, this United Nations institution announced on Wednesday.
This registration follows a joint application submitted in March 2019 by Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania, and Algeria. Entitled “Knowledge, know-how and practices related to the production of couscous”, the Maghrebian file was among around forty other applications submitted to the Committee with a view to ruling on their inclusion on the 2020 List.
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“This is an occasion to celebrate culture, to celebrate diversity, and especially to celebrate all the things that unite us,” the agency congratulated the four countries.
In other news, Morocco is a member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage committee for a four-year term from 2020 to 2024.