In the 12th session of UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Jeju, South Korea, on 7 Desember 2017, the art of pinisi shipbuilding from South Sulawesi was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Indonesian Ambassador to France and UNESCO, Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, also attended the meeting. Today, Pinisi art of ship-building can still be found in Tana Beru, Bira, or Batu Licin in Bulukumba District in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The making of pinisi boat reflects the values of everyday life, namely team effort, hard working, commitment, and appreciation of the natural environment. Pinisi shipbuilding are also very concerned about the accuracy in engineering and navigation.
Besides the newly inscribed Pinisi, Indonesia now has eight cultures in the UNESCO list: wayang, keris, batik, angklung, Saman Dance, Noken Papua, three Balinese dances, and batik education program at Batik Museum Pekalongan. Pinisi from Indonesia is one of 33 world heritage elements inscribed, including: Khaen music from Laos, Basel carnival from Switzerland, Zaouli dance and music from Ivory Coast, and Pizzaiuolo cooking techniques from Italy.
UNESCO is United Nations' specialized agencies in education, science and culture, with headquarter in Paris, France. (pn)