6.GA 9

The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Documents ITH/16/6.GA/9, ITH/16/6.GA/INF.9.1 and ITH/16/6.GA/INF.9.2,
  2. Recalling Article 7(c) of the Convention and paragraphs 66 and 67 of the Operational Directives,
  3. Approves the 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 2018 to 30 June 2018 in Annex to this Resolution, it being understood that at the time of its seventh session in June 2018, it may readjust the budget plan from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018;
  4. Authorizes the Committee to make immediate use of any voluntary supplementary contributions that might be received during these periods, as described in Article 27 of the Convention, in accordance with the percentages laid out in the Plan;
  5. Further authorizes the Committee to make immediate use of any contributions that it might accept, during these periods, for specific purposes relating to specific projects, provided that those projects have been approved by the Committee prior to the receipt of the funds, as described in Article 25.5 of the Convention;
  6. Takes note that the Committee set the amount of the Reserve Fund at US$1 million;
  7. Further takes note of the donors having provided voluntary supplementary contributions to the Fund since its last session, namely Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, China, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the United Arab Emirates as well as the Association for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Italy) and the Norwegian Centre for Traditional Music (Norway);
  8. Thanks all the contributors that have supported the Convention and its Secretariat, since its last session, making use of different forms of support, financial or in-kind, such as earmarked supplementary voluntary contributions to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund or the sub-fund for enhancing the human capacities of the Secretariat, Funds-in-Trust, or loaned personnel and encourages other States to consider the possibility of supporting the Convention through the modality of their choice.

ANNEX

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 2018 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, the preparation of inventories, and the 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 the 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 and in the Operational Directives;

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

4.50%

7.

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

6.00%

8.

Reserve Fund to meet requests for assistance in cases of extreme urgency.

N/A

TOTAL

100.00%

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.

For the period of 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018, one-fourth of the amount established for the twenty-four-months of the financial period 2016-2017 shall be allocated on a provisional basis, except for the Reserve Fund whose amount was set by the Committee at US$1 million (Decision 10.COM 8).

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