13.COM 6

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/18/13.COM/6,
  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, 10.COM 9, 11.COM 6, 12.COM 6 and 12.COM 14,
  4. Commends Japan for its generous offer of a voluntary supplementary contribution to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund to support the global reflection on the listing mechanisms of the 2003 Convention, notably to organize a preliminary meeting of experts in 2019 and support the convening of a meeting of the open-ended intergovernmental working group (provisionally in 2021);
  5. Accepts with gratitude the generous contribution of Japan, approves its specific purpose and requests that the Secretariat ensure its proper planning and implementation taking into account the debates at the thirteenth session of the Committee;
  6. Takes note that no supplementary voluntary contributions to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund have yet been received in line with the two funding priorities approved for the period 2018–2021, and expresses its concern in this regard;
  7. Thanks all the contributors that have generously supported the Convention and its Secretariat since its last session, namely Belgium (Flanders), the People’s Republic of China, Finland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Singapore;
  8. Encourages other contributors to consider the possibility of supporting the Convention, in particular within the scope of the two funding priorities set for the period 2018–2021 and the sub-fund for enhancing the human resources of the Secretariat;
  9. Also takes note of Executive Board Document 204 EX/5 Part II.E on ‘Cost recovery policy: Revised Proposal for a differential rate policy for Management Cost Rates’ and its related decision;
  10. Requests that the Secretariat report, at its fourteenth session, on the progress made in the implementation of any voluntary supplementary contributions it may have received since the thirteenth session.

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