Thirteenth session of the Committee

H.E. Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of Mauritius and Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO at the Opening Ceremony for the thirteenth session of the Committee
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Eight hundred participants from over 120 countries gathered in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, from Monday 26 November to Saturday 1 December 2018 for the thirteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Committee, composed of twenty-four members elected by the General Assembly, made important decisions for the safeguarding of living heritage of communities around the world. The meeting was chaired by the Honourable Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of Mauritius.

The Committee inscribed seven elements to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, thirty-one elements to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and selected one programme to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices. The meeting was marked by the historic joint inscription of the ‘Traditional Korean wrestling (Ssirum/Ssireum)’ by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ in the presence of Ms Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO. This joint inscription demonstrates the role that UNESCO can play in contributing to the construction of peace through culture.

Other important decisions included the initiation of a reform process of the listing mechanisms of the 2003 Convention, the progress made in the reform of the Periodic Reporting, as well as to the move towards establishing guidelines in the area of intangible cultural heritage in the situations of emergency. The Committee reflected on the participation of the NGOs in the implementation of the Convention, amongst others.

In the margin of the session, an innovative web-based platform ‘Dive into Intangible Cultural Heritage’ was launched which demonstrates the rich cultural diversity of living heritage and the inherent inter-connections between elements inscribed on the Lists. Another side event, a round table discussion ‘The global facilitator’s network: how does it support countries in implementing the Convention?’ provided an opportunity to discuss how States Parties could benefit further from the network to support their efforts in implementing the 2003 Convention.

Decisions

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

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 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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

ITH/18/13.COM/4: English|French
 
2018-11-26 10:15: English|French|VO (video)
 
5Report by the Secretariat on its activities

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

ITH/18/13.COM/7.c: English|French
 
2018-11-27 10:28: English|French|VO (video)
 
8Reform of the periodic reporting mechanism

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

ITH/18/13.COM/11: English|French
 
2018-11-30 09:35: English|French|VO (video)
 
12Multiple submissions of International Assistance requests

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

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

Decision: 

ITH/18/13.COM/19: English|French
 
2018-12-01 13:45: English|French|VO (video)
 
20Other business

Decision: 

 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.

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