9.COM 13.C

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/14/9.COM/13.c,
  2. Recalling paragraphs 35, 36 and 37 of the Operational Directives,
  3. Further recalling Resolution 4.GA 5 and Decisions 7.COM 13.a and 8.COM 13.b,
  4. Noting the experience gained since 2010 in implementing the referral option for nominations to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,
  5. Further noting the difficulty experienced by the Subsidiary Body in implementing the referral option in 2014 and selecting between recommending that an element not be inscribed and recommending that the nomination be referred,
  6. Decides that the referral option should be extended to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  7. Further decides that the revision of the Operational Directives should include the deletion of paragraph 37 concerning nominations to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity that are not recommended for inscription;
  8. Requests the Secretariat to propose a draft text of amendments to the Operational Directives accordingly concerning the points in the present decision and reflecting its debates during the present session, for examination by the Committee at its tenth session;
  9. Considers that the referral option should be used in the case of information lacking in a nomination, whether it be of a technical or substantial nature;
  10. Emphasizes that a decision by the Committee to refer a nomination to the submitting State should in no way be understood to imply or guarantee that the element will be inscribed in the future, and further emphasizes that any subsequent resubmission must demonstrate that the criteria for inscription are fully satisfied.

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