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Jakarta Post

Around the world: FM gets UNESCO certificate for ‘phinisi’

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  01:43 am

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi received on Tuesday the UNESCO certificate designating South Sulawesi’s phinisi boatbuilding a part of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

“The designation of the phinisi boatbuilding arts as part of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage is a matter of great pride for Indonesians,” Retno said as quoted in a press release issued by the Foreign Ministry. “However, it is not the end goal but only a means to preserve national culture.”

The certificate of the designation, with was made on Dec. 17, was presented to Retno by the Indonesian Ambassador to Paris Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, who is also accredited to the Paris-based UNESCO, on the sidelines of a four-day meeting of the heads of all Indonesian diplomatic missions.

Retno said every UNESCO designation should be followed up by good conservation policy.