ABOUT ME

Behind the Words

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I am a facilitator and author specialized in Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Safeguard. I integrate a working group that supports the UNESCO 2003 ICH Convention Secretariat to conduct the ICH Global Capacity-building Strategy. 
I am co-authoring the "Module 2 - Communities and Their Intangible Cultural Heritage" of the First Massive Open Online Course on Living Heritage and Sustainable Development, a partnership between UNESCO Paris, the Centre For Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region, and United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
As a UNESCO Specialist, I have been working with Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Communities in Latin America and Lusophone African Countries, for the last ten years. I support community-based inventories, manifestations registration and safeguard planning. I also facilitate ICH policies design, elaborate guidelines and facilitate capacity-building processes for government and civil society representatives.
In 2015, I was appointed by the  United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to write the book of the First World Indigenous Nations Games, held in Brazil, a work that I am proud to co-author with Indigenous Leaders. 
My 20 years of experience in evaluating the socio-economic and cultural impacts of large infrastructures on local communities paved my way towards the Intangible Cultural Heritage.  
I studied Social Sciences and Anthropology at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, received my Master degree from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, both in Brazil, and an ICH Specialist Certification from UNESCO, in La Havana, Cuba.  
Since 2019, I live in Vancouver, Canada, where I am engaged with cultural organizations. Since 2020, I support the cultural inventory of the May Day Festival of the City of New Westminster. Also, I am partnering with an organization that promotes the Latin culture and support Latin Immigrants in their adaptation process. I have initiated conversations with a broadcast dedicated to the Indigenous Peoples to make myself available to develop common projects and bridges between them and Indigenous Peoples of other parts of the world. My work has contributed to promoting intercultural dialogue in contexts of multiculturalism.
In my spare time, I enjoy baking sourdough bread, listen to music, and engage in enthusiastic conversations with my wife and two daughters.

 
Notebook

“My production aims to strengthen identities as well as promotes intercultural dialogue in contexts of multiculturalism.”

Lucas Roque