8.COM 7.C

The Committee,

  1. Having examined Documents ITH/13/8.COM/7 and ITH/13/8.COM/7.c,
  2. Recalling Chapter I of the Operational Directives,
  3. Regrets that few requests for International Assistance greater than US$25,000 were submitted and completed for the 2013 cycle and that fewer have been submitted for the 2014 cycle;
  4. Takes note that States Parties continue to encounter difficulties preparing requests for International Assistance that can satisfy the criteria for selection and the administrative and financial regulations of UNESCO, and considers that the Convention’s global capacity-building strategy offers a medium-term and long-term response to this situation;
  5. Requests the Secretariat to devise a means, on a shorter-term basis, and experimentally, to offer technical assistance, through the provision of experts, as described in Article 21 of the Convention, to States Parties wishing to elaborate requests for International Assistance, thanks to the funds available in budget line 2 of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund.

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