7.GA 5

The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined document ITH/18/7.GA/5,
  2. Recalling Article 30 of the Convention,
  3. Welcomes the eleven States – Cabo Verde, Cook Islands, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Malta, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Tuvalu – that have ratified the Convention during the reporting period, as well as the three States – Kiribati, Singapore and Solomon Islands – that ratified the Convention after the reporting period and expresses satisfaction with the continued and steady pace of ratification across the regions;
  4. Takes note of the report by the Committee to the General Assembly on its activities between January 2016 and December 2017, as annexed to this document, and thanks the Committee for its effective work;
  5. Commends the Committee for the progress made in improving the governance of the Convention and, in particular, for the forward-looking work accomplished to date in developing an overall results framework for measuring the Convention’s impact at various levels as well as the work of the ad-hoc working group established by the Committee at its eleventh session;
  6. Further commends the Committee for its continued priority attention to capacity building for the implementation of the Convention at the national level and welcomes the new special attention granted to the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in formal and non-formal education;
  7. Appreciates the attention that the Committee has given to the need to raise the visibility of the Convention by designing outreach and communication tools for the Convention;
  8. Acknowledges with satisfaction the continuing interest shown by States Parties in the Convention’s mechanisms for international cooperation, notably the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices and International Assistance;
  9. Requests that the Director-General bring this report to the attention of the General Conference of UNESCO, in conformity with Article 30, paragraph 2 of the Convention.

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