12.COM 6

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/17/12.COM/6and its annexes,
  2. Recalling Article 25.5 of the Convention and Chapter II of the Operational Directives,
  3. Further recalling Decisions 8.COM 12, 9.COM 7, 9.COM 13.e, 10.COM 9 and 11.COM 6,
  4. Commends the People’s Republic of China for its generous offer of a voluntary supplementary contribution to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund to organize the open-ended intergovernmental working group for the development of an overall results framework for the Convention;
  5. Expresses its concern over the small number of new voluntary supplementary contributions to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund to support the programmatic framework of the 2014-2017 Complementary Additional Programme entitled ‘Strengthening capacities to safeguard intangible cultural heritage for sustainable development’ and to the sub-fund for enhancing the human resources of the Secretariat since its last session;
  6. Takes note that no supplementary voluntary contributions to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, as called for by Decision 10.COM 19, have yet been received to cover all of the costs of organizing an open-ended intergovernmental working group devoted to the procedure for the removal of an element from one List and the transfer of an element from one List to the other;
  7. Thanks all the contributors that have generously supported the Convention and its Secretariat, since its last session, namely the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of Korea and the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority);
  8. Approves the two funding priorities for the period 2018-2021 entitled ‘Strengthening capacities to safeguard intangible cultural heritage and contribute to sustainable development’ and ‘Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in formal and non-formal education’, accepts any future voluntary supplementary contributions made to support activities within the scope of these priorities and authorizes the Secretariat to make immediate use of them;
  9. Encourages other contributors to consider the possibility of supporting the Convention, in particular through the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund and the sub-fund for enhancing the human resources of the Secretariat;
  10. Requests that the Secretariat report, at its thirteen session, on the progress in the implementation of any voluntary supplementary contributions it may have received since its last session.

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