Sixteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

The sixteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will be hosted at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, from 13 to 18 December 2021.

Mr Punchi Nilame Meegaswatte, Secretary-General - Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO, will chair this annual gathering which brings together hundreds of participants – representatives of States Parties, non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions and other stakeholders – from across the globe.

As the start of the meeting is fast approaching, those participants who are not yet registered are invited to do so as soon as possible and before 30 November 2021.

Committee Members

Bureau: composition & meetings

Azerbaijan, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Czechia, Djibouti, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Morocco, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland and Togo


Files presented for this session

  • 18 reports on an element inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List (item 7.a)
  • 28 reports on the implementation of the 2003 Convention and on the current status of elements inscribed on the Representative List by States Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean (item 7.b)
  • 1 report by States non party on the current status of elements inscribed on the Representative List (item 7.c)
  • 6 nominations to the Urgent Safeguarding List (item 8.a)
  • 48 nominations to the Representative List (item 8.b)
  • 5 proposals to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices (item 8.c)
  • 1 request for International Assistance (item 8.d)
  • 46 accreditation requests submitted by NGOs (item 15)
  • 66 activity reports of accredited NGOs for review (item 15)

Agenda and documents

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

 Item of the agendaDocuments
1Opening LHE/21/16.COM/INF.1: soon available
General Information 
2Adoption of the agenda LHE/21/16.COM/2 Rev.: English|French

LHE/21/16.COM/INF.2.1: English|French
Provisional timetable
LHE/21/16.COM/INF.2.2 Rev.2: English|French
Provisional list of documents 
3Observers LHE/21/16.COM/3: English|French
 
4Adoption of the summary records of the fifteenth session of the Committee LHE/21/16.COM/4: English|French
 
5.aReport by the Committee to the General Assembly on its activities (January 2020 to December 2021) LHE/21/16.COM/5.a: English|French
 
5.bReport by the Secretariat on its activities (January 2020 to June 2021) LHE/21/16.COM/5.b: soon available
 
6Modification of the name of an inscribed element LHE/21/16.COM/6: English|French
 
7.aExamination of the reports by States Parties on the current status of elements inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding LHE/21/16.COM/7.a: English|French
See the 18 reports 
7.bExamination of the reports of the first cycle of periodic reporting 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 by States Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean LHE/21/16.COM/7.b: English|French
See the 28 reports 
7.cExamination of the reports by States non party on the current status of elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity LHE/21/16.COM/7.c: English|French
See the report 
7.dReports by States Parties on the use of International Assistance from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund LHE/21/16.COM/7.d: English|French
 
8Report of the Evaluation Body on its work in 2021 LHE/21/16.COM/8: English|French

Order of files / Ordre des dossiers: English|French
(Indicative) 
8.aExamination of nominations for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding LHE/21/16.COM/8.a+Add.: English|French
See the 6 nominations 
8.bExamination of nominations for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity LHE/21/16.COM/8.b: English|French
See the 48 nominations 
8.cExamination of proposals to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices LHE/21/16.COM/8.c: English|French
See the 5 proposals 
8.dExamination of requests for International Assistance LHE/21/16.COM/8.d: English|French
See the request 
9Report of the non-governmental organizations forum LHE/21/16.COM/9: English|French
 
10IOS Evaluation (2021) of UNESCO’s action in the framework of the 2003 Convention LHE/21/16.COM/10 Rev.: English|French

LHE/21/16.COM/INF.10: English|French
Evaluation of UNESCO’s action in the framework of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (final report) 
11Follow-up on elements inscribed on the Lists of the Convention LHE/21/16.COM/11: English|French
 
12Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund: voluntary supplementary contributions and other issues LHE/21/16.COM/12: English|French
 
13Draft plan for the use of the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund in 2022–2023 LHE/21/16.COM/13: English|French

LHE/21/16.COM/INF.13.1: English|French
Financial report for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2021
LHE/21/16.COM/INF.13.2: English|French
Implementation report of the spending plan for the ‘other functions of the Committee’ 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2021 
14Reflection on the listing mechanisms of the Convention and proposal for related revisions to the Operational Directives LHE/21/16.COM/14: English|French

LHE/21/16.COM/INF.14: English|French
Summary Records of the Open-ended intergovernmental working group meeting in the framework of the global reflection on the listing mechanisms of the 2003 Convention 
15Accreditation of new non-governmental organizations and review of accredited non-governmental organizations LHE/21/16.COM/15: English|French
See the 46 accreditation requests and the 66 activity reports for review 
16Establishment of the Evaluation Body for the 2022 cycle LHE/21/16.COM/16 Rev.2: English|French
 
17Date and venue of the seventeenth session of the Committee LHE/21/16.COM/17: English|French
 
18Election of the members of the Bureau of the seventeenth session of the Committee LHE/21/16.COM/18: English|French
 
19Other business  
20Adoption of the list of decisions  
21Closure  
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