3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes
The longest existing international actor is Korean National Commission for UNESCO. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as the supporting ministry for UNESCO is the partnering ministry in charge of its budget and administrative matters. The Korea National Commission for UNESCO being an independent body and cooperates also with ministries across the government.
The Intangible Cultural Heritage Center for Asia Pacific (ICHCAP), a UNESCO category II. The institute was inaugurated recently. ICHCAP, which will be fully sponsored by the Cultural Heritage Agency, is expected to open officially in 2013 in Jeonju city. It will run programs to exchange information and knowledge regarding the preservation of intangible heritage in the Asian region. It is also expected to enable networking in this area.
Earlier, the UNESCO Asia Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) was established in year 2000. APCEIU has broad interest is in promoting cultural understanding in different countries as well as highlight different political, societal, economic aspects.