Thirteenth session of the Committee

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The thirteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will take place in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, from Monday 26 November to Saturday 1 December 2018, at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre (SVICC). The meeting will be chaired by the Honourable Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of Mauritius.

Over the six days, the twenty-four States Members of the Committee, elected by the General Assembly of the 2003 Convention, are to discuss a number of issues that are important for the safeguarding of living heritage around the world.

Newly inscribed elements

As every year, the international cooperation mechanisms established under the 2003 Convention such as inscriptions on the Lists, register of Good Safeguarding Practices and requests for International Assistance together with the examination of national reports are inscribed on the agenda of the meeting. On this occasion, the Committee will also examine the reform of the periodic reporting mechanism, further discuss the roles of accredited NGOs, reflect on how to follow up on issues related to elements already inscribed, as well as continue its deliberations on the complex role that communities play in safeguarding their living heritage at risk in emergencies.

Committee Members

Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Djibouti, Guatemala, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritius, Netherlands, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Togo and Zambia

Agenda, documents and recordings

Download all documents (23-11-2018 version): English/French

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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*
1Opening ITH/18/13.COM/INF.1 Rev.: English|French
General information 
2018-11-25 10:00
2018-11-26 09:00: English|French|VO (video)
2Adoption of the agenda ITH/18/13.COM/2 Rev.: English|French

ITH/18/13.COM/INF.2.1 Rev.5: English|French
Provisional timetable
ITH/18/13.COM/INF.2.2 Rev.5: English|French
Provisional list of documents 
2018-11-26 09:52: English|French|VO (video)
3Observers ITH/18/13.COM/3: English|French
2018-11-26 10:12: English|French|VO (video)
4Adoption of the summary records of the twelfth session of the Committee ITH/18/13.COM/4: English|French
2018-11-26 10:15: English|French|VO (video)
5Report by the Secretariat on its activities ITH/18/13.COM/5 Rev.: English|French

ITH/18/13.COM/INF.5.1: English|French
Outreach and communication
ITH/18/13.COM/INF.5.2: English|French
Financial Report of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund for the period 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018
ITH/18/13.COM/INF.5.3: English|French
The use of International Assistance and the global capacity-building programme in relation to elements on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding 
2018-11-26 10:55: English|French|VO (video)
2018-11-26 14:35: English|French|VO (video)
6Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund: voluntary supplementary contributions and other issues ITH/18/13.COM/6: English|French
2018-11-26 15:10: English|French|VO (video)
7.aExamination 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/18/13.COM/7.a Rev.: English|French
See the 32 reports 
2018-11-26 16:10: English|French|VO (video)
7.bExamination 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/18/13.COM/7.b: English|French
See the 16 reports 
2018-11-26 16:05: English|French|VO (video)
2018-11-27 10:05: English|French|VO (video)
2018-11-27 14:50: English|French|VO (video)
7.cReports of States Parties on the use of International Assistance from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund ITH/18/13.COM/7.c: English|French
2018-11-27 10:28: English|French|VO (video)
8Reform of the periodic reporting mechanism ITH/18/13.COM/8: English|French
2018-11-27 12:13: English|French|VO (video)
9Issues concerning the follow-up of inscribed elements on the Lists of the Convention ITH/18/13.COM/9: English|French
2018-11-27 15:20: English|French|VO (video)
10Report of the Evaluation Body on its work in 2018 ITH/18/13.COM/10: English|French
2018-11-27 16:35: English|French|VO (video)
2018-11-30 17:30: English|French|VO (video)
2018-12-01 09:45: English|French|VO (video)
10.aExamination of nominations for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding ITH/18/13.COM/10.a: English|French
See the 7 nominations 
2018-11-28 09:30: English|French|VO (video)
10.bExamination of nominations for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity ITH/18/13.COM/10.b+Add.2: English|French
See the 40 nominations 
2018-11-26 11:45: English|French|VO (video)
2018-11-28 12:00: English|French|VO (video)
2018-11-28 14:30: English|French|VO (video)
2018-11-29 09:40: English|French|VO (video)
2018-11-29 14:40: English|French|VO (video)
2018-11-30 15:16: English|French|VO (video)
2018-11-30 17:15: English|French|VO (video)
10.cExamination of proposals to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices ITH/18/13.COM/10.c+Add.: English|French
See the 2 proposals 
2018-11-29 17:24: English|French|VO (video)
10.dExamination of requests for International Assistance ITH/18/13.COM/10.d: English|French
See the 1 request 
2018-11-30 14:30: English|French|VO (video)
2018-11-30 17:05: English|French|VO (video)
11Intangible cultural heritage in emergencies ITH/18/13.COM/11: English|French
2018-11-30 09:35: English|French|VO (video)
12Multiple submissions of International Assistance requests ITH/18/13.COM/12: English|French
2018-11-30 11:45: English|French|VO (video)
13Reflection on the participation of NGOs in the implementation of the Convention ITH/18/13.COM/13: English|French
2018-11-30 12:05: English|French|VO (video)
14Establishment of the Evaluation Body for the 2019 cycle ITH/18/13.COM/14: English|French
2018-12-01 10:55: English|French|VO (video)
2018-12-01 11:45: English|French|VO (video)
15Number of files submitted for the 2018 and 2019 cycles and number of files that can be treated in the 2020 and 2021 cycles ITH/18/13.COM/15: English|French
2018-12-01 11:15: English|French|VO (video)
16Report of the informal ad hoc open-ended working group ITH/18/13.COM/16: English|French
2018-12-01 11:25: English|French|VO (video)
17Follow-up on the implementation of the relevant recommendations of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Governance, Procedures and Working Methods of the Governing Bodies of UNESCO ITH/18/13.COM/17: English|French
2018-12-01 12:10: English|French|VO (video)
18Date and venue of the fourteenth session of the Committee ITH/18/13.COM/18: English|French
2018-12-01 12:15: English|French|VO (video)
19Election of the members of the Bureau of the fourteenth session of the Committee ITH/18/13.COM/19: English|French
2018-12-01 13:45: English|French|VO (video)
20Other business  2018-12-01 14:05: English|French|VO (video)
21Adoption of the list of decisions  
22Closure  2018-12-01 14:20: 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.