Fourteenth session of the Committee

Invitation of Colombia to host the 14th session of the Committee in Bogota
© Colombia

In 2019, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage met from 9 to 14 December 2019, 2600 meters closer to the stars, in Bogotá, in Colombia. Ms Maria Claudia Lopez Sorzano, Secretary of Culture, Recreation and Sports of the city of Bogotá chaired the Committee.

The Committee opened with a beautiful ceremony displaying the colourful Carnival of Barranquilla, introduced by the president of the Republic of Colombia, Mr Ivan Duque, and the Director General of UNESCO, Ms Audrey Azoulay.

During six days, the Agora Bogotá Centro de convenciones welcomed over 1400 participants representing 134 countries. Aside from the plenary session, these participants had the opportunity to attend many stimulating and exceptional side-events, such as the sound exhibition featuring indigenous languages, or discussions with experts from all over the world sharing their experience on how to safeguard intangible cultural heritage in crises.

Many new elements were inscribed on the lists; five elements on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, thirty-five on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, two elements were selected as programmes, projects and activities that best reflect the principles and objectives of the Convention, and finally two International Assistance requests were granted.

The Committee took historic decisions. For the first time since the creation of the 2003 Convention, an element was removed from the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity because it no longer complied with Article 2 of the Convention.

Survey: participants are invited to participate to the survey on the organization of the Committee (English|French)

Other highlights of the meeting include the advancement on the reflection on the listing mechanisms and the participation of NGOs in the work of the Convention, which led to fruitful discussions. The efforts to improve these mechanisms are ongoing and promising for the future of the Convention. Furthermore, new operational principles and modalities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in emergencies were endorsed, and revisions to the Operational Directives for the implementation of the Convention were proposed to be examined by the General Assembly in June 2020.

The first Committee session to take place in the Latin American and the Caribbean region was a great success and pushed forward the agenda for the safeguarding of living heritage. The discussions will no doubt continue throughout the year and pave the way towards an interesting fifteenth Committee session, which will take place in Kingston, Jamaica, in December 2020.

Committee Members

Bureau: composition & meetings

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

Files presented for this session

Inscriptions: read more on the new elements inscribed on the Lists

Agenda, documents and recordings

Download all documents (02-12-2019 version): English/French

Committee Members wishing to submit amendments are invited to fill in following form (Amendments) 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*
1Opening LHE/19/14.COM/INF.1 Rev.: English|French
General information 
2019-12-09 09:00: English|French|VO (video)
2Adoption of the agenda


LHE/19/14.COM/2 Rev.: English|French

LHE/19/14.COM/INF.2.1 Rev.3: English|French
Provisional timetable
LHE/19/14.COM/INF.2.2 Rev.2: English|French
Provisional list of documents 
2019-12-09 10:10: English|French|VO (video)


LHE/19/14.COM/3 Rev.: English|French
2019-12-09 10:25: English|French|VO (video)
4Adoption of the summary records of the thirteenth session of the Committee


LHE/19/14.COM/4: English|French
2019-12-09 10:29: English|French|VO (video)
5.aReport by the Committee on its activities


LHE/19/14.COM/5.a Rev.: English|French
2019-12-09 10:51: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-14 14:45: English|French|VO (video)
5.bReport by the Secretariat on its activities


LHE/19/14.COM/5.b: English|French
2019-12-09 10:55: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-09 14:50: English|French|VO (video)
6Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund: voluntary supplementary contributions and other issues


LHE/19/14.COM/6 Rev: English|French
2019-12-09 14:58: English|French|VO (video)
7Draft plan for the use of the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund in 2020–2021


LHE/19/14.COM/7 Rev.2: English|French

LHE/19/14.COM/INF.7: English|French
Financial report for the period 1 January– 30 June 2019 
2019-12-09 15:30: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-14 10:50: English|French|VO (video)
8Reform of the periodic reporting mechanism


LHE/19/14.COM/8: English|French
2019-12-09 16:00: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-10 09:45: English|French|VO (video)
9.aExamination 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 LHE/19/14.COM/9.a Rev.: English|French
2019-12-10 10:00: English|French|VO (video)
9.bReports of States Parties on the use of International Assistance from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund


LHE/19/14.COM/9.b Rev.: English|French
2019-12-10 10:26: English|French|VO (video)
10Report of the Evaluation Body on its work in 2019


LHE/19/14.COM/10: English|French

LHE/19/14.COM/INF.10: English|French
Opinion of the Evaluation Body on nominations for the 2019 cycle concerned by the ‘provisional upstream dialogue’ process 
2019-12-10 11:20: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-10 14:50: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-12 17:05: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-13 09:50: English|French|VO (video)
10.aExamination of nominations for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding LHE/19/14.COM/10.a Add.: English|French
See the 6 nominations 
2019-12-10 15:06: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-11 09:40: English|French|VO (video)
10.bExamination of nominations for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity LHE/19/14.COM/10.b Add.2: English|French
See the 42 nominations 
2019-12-11 10:20: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-11 14:45: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-12 09:45: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-12 14:40: English|French|VO (video)
10.cExamination of proposals to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices LHE/19/14.COM/10.c Add: English|French
See the 3 proposals 
2019-12-12 16:20: English|French|VO (video)
10.dExamination of requests for International Assistance LHE/19/14.COM/10.d: English|French
See the request  
2019-12-12 16:50: English|French|VO (video)
11Modification of the name of an inscribed element LHE/19/14.COM/11: English|French
2019-12-13 10:28: English|French|VO (video)
12Follow-up on elements inscribed on the Lists of the Convention LHE/19/14.COM/12 Add.: English|French
2019-12-13 10:34: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-13 15:49: English|French|VO (video)
13Intangible cultural heritage in emergencies LHE/19/14.COM/13 Rev.: English|French

LHE/19/14.COM/INF.13: English|French
Summary records of the expert meeting on intangible cultural heritage in emergencies 
2019-12-13 11:22: English|French|VO (video)
14Reflection on the listing mechanisms of the Convention LHE/19/14.COM/14: English|French
2019-12-13 14:45: English|French|VO (video)
15Reflection on the participation of non-governmental organizations in the implementation of the Convention LHE/19/14.COM/15: English|French
2019-12-14 09:45: English|French|VO (video)
16Report of the informal ad hoc open-ended working group LHE/19/14.COM/16: English|French
2019-12-14 10:58: English|French|VO (video)
17Accreditation of new non-governmental organizations and review of accredited non-governmental organizations LHE/19/14.COM/17: English|French
See the 63 accreditation requests and 81 activity reports due 
2019-12-14 11:10: English|French|VO (video)
18Establishment of the Evaluation Body for the 2020 cycle LHE/19/14.COM/18: English|French
2019-12-14 11:28: English|French|VO (video)
2019-12-14 14:35: English|French|VO (video)
19Follow-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 (39 C/Resolution 87) LHE/19/14.COM/19: English|French
2019-12-14 11:23: English|French|VO (video)
20Date and venue of the fifteenth session of the Committee LHE/19/14.COM/20: English|French
2019-12-14 14:52: English|French|VO (video)
21Election of the members of the Bureau of the fifteenth session of the Committee LHE/19/14.COM/21: English|French
2019-12-14 14:54: English|French|VO (video)
22Other business  
23Adoption of the list of decisions  2019-12-14 14:50: English|French|VO (video)
24Closure  2019-12-14 15:04: English|French|VO (video)