10.COM 8

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/15/10.COM/8,
  2. Recalling Article 7(c) of the Convention and Resolution 5.GA 7 of the General Assembly,
  3. Decides to base the draft plan for the use of the resources of the Fund for the periods of 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017 and 1 January to 30 June 2018 on the total unrestricted operating reserves available as of 31 December 2015, including any unused balance;
  4. Submits for approval to the General Assembly the plan for the use of the resources of the Fund, as included in annex of this decision and proposes to the General Assembly to provisionally allocate for the first semester of 2018 one fourth of the amount established for the two-year period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017;
  5. Recalls that the payment of assessed compulsory contributions is, as per Article 26 of the Convention, an obligation incumbent on States having ratified the Convention, thanks the States Parties who have already made their contributions and calls upon the other States Parties to ensure that their contributions are paid as soon as possible;
  6. Delegates to its Bureau the authority to decide upon the utilization of the funds allocated under item 3 of the Plan, ‘Other functions of the Committee’, on the basis of specific proposals to be prepared by the Secretariat;
  7. Authorizes the Secretariat, when utilizing the funds allocated under item 3 of the Plan, to make transfers between activities included within the specific proposals approved by the Bureau up to a cumulative amount equivalent to 2% of the initial total allocation proposed to the General Assembly for this purpose, informing the Members of the Bureau in writing, at the session following such action, of the details and reasons for these transfers;
  8. Takes note of the Secretariat’s efforts to apply the Organization’s cost recovery policy when using the resources of the Fund, in the direction set by 195 EX/Decision 5 (IV) (C) to bring the recovery of costs for management staff time related to the implementation of extrabudgetary projects to 2% of the total regular staff costs;
  9. Further decides to set the amount of the Reserve Fund at US$1 million;
  10. Requests the Secretariat to revise the Form ICH-04 in such a way that it better reflects the provisions in Article 21 of the Convention regarding the forms of International Assistance.

ANNEX

Draft plan for the use of the resources of the Fund

For the period 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017, as well as for the period
1 January to 30 June 2018, the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund may be used for the following purposes:

% of the total amount

1.

International Assistance, comprising the safeguarding of the heritage inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List, preparation of inventories and support for other safeguarding programmes, projects and activities;

59.00%

2.

Preparatory assistance for nomination files for the Urgent Safeguarding List, as well as for proposals for the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices and international assistance requests;

5.50%

3.

Other functions of the Committee as described in Article 7 of the Convention, aimed at promoting the objectives of the Convention and encouraging and monitoring its implementation, in particular through strengthening capacities for effectively safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, raising awareness of the importance of such heritage, providing guidance on best safeguarding practices and updating and publishing the Lists and the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices;

20.00%

4.

Participation in the sessions of the Committee, its Bureau and its subsidiary bodies of experts in intangible cultural heritage representing developing States Members of the Committee;

2.25%

5.

Participation in the sessions of the Committee and its consultative bodies of experts in intangible cultural heritage representing developing States that are Parties to the Convention but not Members of the Committee;

2.75%

6.

Participation in the sessions of the Committee, its Bureau and its consultative bodies of public or private bodies, private persons, notably members of communities and groups, that have been invited by the Committee to advise them on specific matters, as well as experts in intangible cultural heritage representing accredited NGOs from developing countries;

4.50%

7.

The costs of advisory services to be provided at the request of the Committee, including support to developing States whose representatives have been appointed to the Evaluation Body;

6.00%

 

Sub-total

100%

8.

To build up the Reserve Fund referred to in Article 6 of the Fund’s Financial Regulations.

U$24,190

Funds that have not been committed at the end of the period of this Plan are carried over to the next financial period and shall be allocated in accordance with the Plan approved by the General Assembly at that time.

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