Twelfth session of the Committee

Opening ceremony, Jeju Island© UNESCO

The twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage takes place in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 December 2017.

Over the six days, the twenty-four members of the Committee, elected by the General Assembly of the 2003 Convention, discuss a number of issues that are important for the safeguarding of living heritage around the world (see recordings below).

Part of the meeting is dedicated to the international cooperation mechanisms established under the 2003 Convention, such as inscriptions on the Lists and requests for International Assistance as well as the examination of national reports and the accreditation of NGOs. On this occasion, the Committee is also being asked to examine some important items such as the establishment of an overall results framework for the Convention, the use the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund together with proposals for two funding priorities for the next four years as well as the complex role that communities play in safeguarding their living heritage at risk in emergencies.

A number of other issues are tabled to initiate reflections that could lead to some important redirections in the overall implementation of the Convention. These include proposed reforms to the periodic reporting systems, the roles of accredited NGOs and other actors, and nature of the listing mechanism.


Committee Members

Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Colombia, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Palestine, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Turkey and Zambia

Files presented for this session

Agenda, documents and recordings

Committee Members wishing to submit amendments are invited to fill in following form (English/French) and to send it to

Out of concern for the environment and in order to reduce costs, printed copies of the documents will not be provided.

 Item of the agendaDocumentsRecordings*
1OpeningITH/17/12.COM/INF.1 Rev.2: English|French
General information 
2017-12-03 18:00: VO (speeches)
2017-12-03 19:40: VO (video of performances)
2017-12-04 09:50: English|French|VO (video)
2Adoption of the agenda ITH/17/12.COM/2: English|French

ITH/17/12.COM/INF.2.1 Rev.6: English|French
ITH/17/12.COM/INF.2.2 Rev.9: English|French
Provisional list of documents 
2017-12-04 10:12: English|French|VO (video)
3Observers ITH/17/12.COM/3: English|French
2017-12-04 10:36: English|French|VO (video)
4Adoption of the summary records of the eleventh session of the Committee ITH/17/12.COM/4: English|French
2017-12-04 10:40: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-04 10:50: English|French|VO (video)
5.aReport by the Committee to the General Assembly on its activities (January 2016 to December 2017) ITH/17/12.COM/5.a: English|French
2017-12-09 12:45: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-09 14:35: English|French|VO (video)
5.bReport by the Secretariat on its activities ITH/17/12.COM/5.b: English|French
2017-12-04 11:30: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-04 14:45: English|French|VO (video)
6Voluntary supplementary contributions to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund ITH/17/12.COM/6: English|French
2017-12-04 15:35: English|French|VO (video)
7Draft plan for the use of the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund in 2018–2019 ITH/17/12.COM/7: English|French
2017-12-04 16:57: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-05 09:15: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-05 14:40: English|French|VO (video)
8.aReports of States Parties on the use of International Assistance from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund ITH/17/12.COM/8.a: English|French
2017-12-05 10:35: English|French|VO (video)
8.bExamination of the reports of States Parties on the implementation of the Convention and on the current status of elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity ITH/17/12.COM/8.b (Rev. English only): English|French
See the 11 reports 
2017-12-05 11:14: English|French|VO (video)
8.cExamination of the reports of States Parties on the current status of elements inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding ITH/17/12.COM/8.c: English|French
See the 12 reports 
2017-12-05 11:51: English|French|VO (video)
9Draft overall results framework for the Convention ITH/17/12.COM/9: English|French

ITH/17/12.COM/INF.9: English|French
Summary records of the Open-ended intergovernmental working group meeting on developing an overall results framework for the Convention 
2017-12-05 14:55: English|French|VO (video)
10Draft amendments to the Operational Directives on periodic reporting ITH/17/12.COM/10: English|French
2017-12-05 16:10: English|French|VO (video)
11Report of the Evaluation Body on its work in 2017 ITH/17/12.COM/11: English|French
2017-12-05 16:48: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-06 09:30: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-08 11:51: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-08 14:40: English|French|VO (video)
11.aExamination of nominations for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding ITH/17/12.COM/11.a Rev.: English|French
See the 6 nominations 
2017-12-06 10:10: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-06 14:35: English|French|VO (video)
11.bExamination of nominations for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity ITH/17/12.COM/11.b+Add.: English|French
See the 35 nominations 
2017-12-06 15:15: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-07 09:50: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-07 14:30: English|French|VO (video)
11.cRemoval of an element from the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and its transfer to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity ITH/17/12.COM/11.c: English|French
See the 1 request 
2017-12-08 09:30: English|French|VO (video)
11.dExamination of requests for International Assistance ITH/17/12.COM/11.d+Add.: English|French
See the 3 requests 
2017-12-08 10:55: English|French|VO (video)
11.eExamination of proposals to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices ITH/17/12.COM/11.e+Add.2: English|French
See the 4 proposals 
2017-12-08 11:30: English|French|VO (video)
12Procedures to facilitate dialogue between the Evaluation Body and the submitting State(s) ITH/17/12.COM/12: English|French
2017-12-09 12:44: English|French|VO (video)
13Report of the informal ad hoc working group ITH/17/12.COM/13: English|French
2017-12-09 11:18: English|French|VO (video)
14Reflection on the removal of an element from a List and the transfer of an element from one List to the other ITH/17/12.COM/14: English|French
2017-12-08 16:00: English|French|VO (video)
15Intangible cultural heritage in emergencies ITH/17/12.COM/15: English|French
2017-12-09 14:42: English|French|VO (video)
16Follow-up to the recommendations of the External Auditor’s ‘Report on the governance of UNESCO and dependent funds, programmes and entities’ (Document 38C/23) ITH/17/12.COM/16: English|French
2017-12-09 15:40: English|French|VO (video)
17Accreditation of new non-governmental organizations and review of accredited non-governmental organizations ITH/17/12.COM/17: English|French

See 50 NGOs requesting accreditation and 59 NGOs accredited in 2012 to be examined 
2017-12-09 10:38: English|French|VO (video)
18Establishment of the Evaluation Body for the 2018 cycle ITH/17/12.COM/18 Rev. Add.: English|French
2017-12-09 09:33: English|French|VO (video)
2017-12-09 11:12: English|French|VO (video)
19Date and venue of the thirteenth session of the Committee ITH/17/12.COM/19: English|French
2017-12-09 10:10: English|French|VO (video)
20Election of the members of the Bureau of the thirteenth session of the Committee ITH/17/12.COM/20: English|French
2017-12-09 10:26: English|French|VO (video)
21Other business 2017-12-09 15:55: English|French|VO (video)
22Adoption of the list of decisions 2017-12-09 14:37: English|French|VO (video)
23Closure 2017-12-09 16:09: English|French|VO (video)

*The interpretation of proceedings serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic record of the proceedings. Only the original speech is authentic.