7.GA 8

The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Documents ITH/18/7.GA/8 and ITH/18/7.GA/INF.8,
  2. Recalling Article 7(c) of the Convention and paragraphs 66 and 67 of the Operational Directives,
  3. Taking note of the continued underutilization of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund and in particular with regards to International Assistance,
  4. Recognizes the need to enhance the human resources of the Secretariat for the implementation of the International Assistance mechanisms of the Fund, including their effective monitoring, and welcomes the proposal for the creation of three new extra-budgetary fixed-term posts;
  5. Requests the Secretariat to initiate, as soon as possible, the recruitment procedure for the three posts to form a dedicated team to operationalize the implementation of the International Assistance mechanisms, conforming with the rules of recruitment of UNESCO and keeping in mind priority to candidates from developing countries with a view to responding to specific needs of developing countries and improving geographical representation;
  6. Further requests the Secretariat to intensify its efforts in favour of greater International Assistance, including support in the preparation of inventories, capacity building and the implementation of the initiative to integrate intangible cultural heritage into formal and non-formal education, with a view to improving the effectiveness and the scope of the Convention at national, regional and global levels;
  7. Approves the Plan for the use of the resources of the Fund for the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019 as well as for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020 in the Annex to this Resolution;
  8. Understands that, at the time of its eighth session in June 2020, it may readjust the budget plan from 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020;
  9. Authorizes the Committee to make immediate use of any voluntary supplementary contributions that might be received during these periods, as described in Article 27 of the Convention, in accordance with the percentages laid out in the Plan;
  10. Further authorizes the Committee to make immediate use of any contributions that it might accept, during these periods, for specific purposes relating to specific projects, provided that those projects have been approved by the Committee prior to the receipt of the funds, as described in Article 25.5 of the Convention;
  11. Takes note that the Committee set the amount of the Reserve Fund at US$1 million;
  12. Further takes note of the donors that have provided voluntary supplementary contributions to the Fund since its last session, namely, China, Finland, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Republic of Korea and the United Arab Emirates;
  13. Thanks all the contributors that have supported the Convention and its Secretariat, since its last session, through different forms of support, financial or in-kind, such as earmarked supplementary voluntary contributions to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund or the sub-fund for enhancing the human capacities of the Secretariat, Funds-in-Trust, or loaned personnel, and encourages other States to consider the possibility of supporting the Convention through the modality of their choice;
  14. Authorizes the Secretariat to make transfers between budget lines 4, 5 and 6 dedicated to financial assistance for experts representing States Parties and representatives of accredited non-governmental organizations for their participation in the sessions of the Committee, its Bureau and subsidiary bodies, up to an equivalent of 30% of their initial total, and requests that the Secretariat inform the Committee and the General Assembly in writing, at the session following such action, of the details of and reasons for these transfers.

 

ANNEX

Plan for the use of the resources of the Fund

 

 

For the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019, as well as for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020, the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund may be used for the following purposes:

% of the total amount proposed 2018-2019[1]

Indicative amounts
2018-2019

Indicative amounts
Jan-June 2020

1.

International Assistance, comprising the safeguarding of heritage inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, the preparation of inventories and support for other safeguarding programmes, projects and activities;

52.55%

$4,514,530

$1,128,632

1.1

Enhancing human resources to improve the implementation of the International Assistance mechanisms through the creation of three extra-budgetary fixed-term posts (one P3, one P2 and one G5);

8.20%

$704,456

$176,114

2.

Preparatory assistance for International Assistance requests, as well as for nomination files to the Urgent Safeguarding List and proposals for the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices;

4.00%

$343,637

$85,909

3.

Other functions of the Committee, as described in Article 7 of the Convention, aimed at promoting the objectives of the Convention and encouraging and monitoring its implementation, in particular by strengthening capacities to effectively safeguard intangible cultural heritage, raising awareness of the importance of such heritage, providing guidance on good safeguarding practices and updating and publishing the Lists and the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices;

20.00%

$1,718,184

$429,546

4.

Participation in the sessions of the Committee, its Bureau and its subsidiary bodies of experts in intangible cultural heritage representing developing States Members of the Committee;

2.00%

$171,818

$42,955

5.

Participation in the sessions of the Committee and its consultative bodies of experts in intangible cultural heritage representing developing States that are Parties to the Convention but not Members of the Committee;

3.25%

$279,205

$69,801

6.

Participation in the sessions of the Committee, its Bureau and consultative bodies of public or private bodies, private persons, notably members of communities and groups, that have been invited by the Committee to advise it on specific matters, as well as experts in intangible cultural heritage representing accredited NGOs from developing countries;

4.00%

$343,637

$85,909

7.

The costs of advisory services to be provided at the request of the Committee, including support for developing States whose representatives have been appointed to the Evaluation Body;

6.00%

$515,455

$128,864

8.

Building up the Reserve Fund referred to in Article 6 of the Financial Regulations of the Fund.

0%

-

-

TOTAL

100.00%

$8,590,922

$2,147,731

[1].          Percentages are applied to the balance of the Fund as of 31 December 2017. This balance does not include the Reserve Fund (US$1,000,000).



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