The drummer, Florah Olebeng Letsholo, with the Council of Elderly Women
© Sylvester Rampete and Bakgatla ba Kgafela, Botswana, 2015

The eighteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will take place at the Wild View Resort in Kasane, Republic of Botswana from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 December 2023. An opening ceremony is tentatively scheduled on Sunday 3 December 2023. The session will be chaired by H.E. Mr Mustaq Moorad, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Botswana to UNESCO.

An information and exchange meeting will be held at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, on 2 October 2023 (afternoon) to present the working methods of the Committee as well as practical information concerning this session. This information and exchange session will also be broadcast live on the 18.COM webpage.

Registration of delegates will be open from September 2023. More information will be provided in due course on the present webpage. Meanwhile, delegates are encouraged to book their accommodation as early as possible, using the list of hotels recommended by the host country as published on this page.



Committee Members

Bureau: composition & meetings

Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Czechia, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam


Agenda and documents

 Item of the agendaDocuments
1Opening  
2Adoption of the agenda LHE/23/18.COM/2: English|French
Adoption of the agenda 
3Observers  
4Adoption of the summary records of the seventeenth session of the Committee  
5Report by the Secretariat on its activities (January 2022 to June 2023)  
6Twentieth anniversary of the 2003 Convention in 2023  
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  
7.bExamination of the reports of the regional 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 the Arab States  
7.cUpdate on the regional cycles of the Convention’s periodic reporting and proposal for related amendments to the Operational Directives  
8Report of the Evaluation Body on its work in 2023  
8.aExamination of nominations for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding  
8.bExamination of nominations for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity  
8.cExamination of proposals to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices  
8.dExamination of requests for International Assistance  
9Follow-up on elements inscribed on the Lists of the Convention  
10Report on International Assistance from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund and proposal for related amendments to the Operational Directives  
11Reflection on the broader implementation of Article 18 of the Convention and proposal for related amendments to the Operational Directives  
12Thematic initiatives on living heritage and sustainable development  
13Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund: voluntary supplementary contributions and other issues  
14Draft plan for the use of the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund in 2024 and 2025  
15Report of the non-governmental organizations forum  
16Accreditation of new non-governmental organizations and review of accredited non-governmental organizations  
17Establishment of the Evaluation Body for the 2024 cycle  
18Date and place of the nineteenth session of the Committee  
19Election of the members of the Bureau of the nineteenth session of the Committee  
20Report by the Committee to the General Assembly on its activities (January 2022 to December 2023)  
21Other business  
22Adoption of the list of decisions  
23Closure  
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