9.COM 7

The Committee,

  1. Having examined Document ITH/14/9.COM/7 Rev. and its annexes,
  2. Recalling Article 25.5 of the Convention and Chapter II of the Operational Directives,
  3. Commends Azerbaijan for its generous offer of a voluntary supplementary contribution to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund to support two capacity-building programmes benefitting Bangladesh and Guatemala;
  4. Accepts with gratitude the generous contribution of Azerbaijan, approves the specific capacity-building programmes proposed in that document and requests the Secretariat to work closely with the national counterparts to plan the activities and to ensure their proper implementation;
  5. Further commends the Netherlands for its generous offer of a voluntary supplementary contribution to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund to further support the capacity-building programme in the Dutch Caribbean islands and Suriname;
  6. Accepts with gratitude the generous contribution of the Netherlands and requests the Secretariat to work closely with the national counterparts to plan additional activities and to ensure their proper implementation within the current project;
  7. Recognizes the significant and diverse needs in many countries to strengthen their capacities for implementation of the Convention at both the national and international levels;
  8. Approves the Concept Note for the 2014-2017 Complementary Additional Programme entitled ‘Strengthening capacities to safeguard intangible cultural heritage for sustainable development’, accepts any future voluntary supplementary contributions that are made to support capacity-building activities within its scope and authorizes the Secretariat to make immediate use of them;
  9. Requests the Secretariat to report, at its tenth session, on the progress of implementation of any voluntary supplementary contributions it may have received since its last session;
  10. Takes note that States as well as other entities have made use of different forms of support, financial or in-kind, such as earmarked supplementary voluntary contributions to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund or to the sub-fund for enhancing the human capacities of the Secretariat, Funds-in-Trust, appropriations to the Regular Programme or loaned personnel;
  11. Thanks all the contributors that have supported the Convention and its Secretariat since its last session, namely Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Norway, Spain, Turkey and the Norwegian Centre of Traditional Music and Dance;
  12. Encourages other States to consider the possibility of supporting the Convention through the modality of their choice.

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