The INF-FNI has written in support of the application by the organisation GetNakedGermany to have Naturism in Germany recognised as intangible cultural heritage under the UNESCO convention of 2003. In doing so it joins more than a dozen national naturist federations who have also written to support the application.
Intangible cultural heritage, as defined by UNESCO, includes oral traditions, social practices and rituals and other matters which can be seen as maintaining cultural diversity and encouraging respect for different ways of life.
In supporting the application, the INF-FNI pointed out that Naturism has a history dating back to the 1800s. This unique culture of body acceptance has its origins in Germany, but it quickly spread around the world. Today Naturism is practised by millions of people worldwide.
Naturists understand that Naturism is good for the mental and physical health, among other things by helping to counter body shame – a problem found widely around the world. It also promotes self-respect, respect for others and respect for the environment.
We are sure that acknowledgement of naturism as intangible cultural heritage in Germany can only strengthen the status of naturism worldwide.
Read more about the application on these two webpages: