6.GA 5

The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined document ITH/16/6.GA/5,
  2. Recalling Article 30 of the Convention,
  3. Welcomes the seven States – Cabo Verde, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ireland, Kuwait, Marshall Islands and Saint Kitts and Nevis that have ratified the Convention since the fifth session of the General Assembly and expresses satisfaction with the continued steady pace of ratification;
  4. Takes note of the report of the Committee to the General Assembly on its activities between June 2014 and June 2016 and thanks the Committee for its effective work;
  5. Commends the Committee for progress made on various statutory aspects of the implementation of Convention as well as for its priority attention given to capacity building for the implementation of the Convention at the national level;
  6. Acknowledges with satisfaction the continued interest shown by States Parties in the Convention’s mechanisms for international cooperation, and encourages the Committee to continue raising awareness on the importance of intangible cultural heritage and to disseminate best safeguarding practices;
  7. Requests the Director-General to bring this report to the attention of the General Conference of UNESCO, in conformity with Article 30.2 of the Convention;
  8. Further requests the Committee to report on its activities for the period between January 2016 and December 2017 for examination by the General Assembly at its seventh session, and to use a biennium calendar year for future reports thereafter;
  9. Requests the Director-General, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention, to write a letter to States non party to the Convention to encourage them to ratify.

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