Eighth session of the General Assembly

Declaration on Beirut issued by the eighth session of the General Assembly

New composition of the Committee

With all appropriate sanitary measures due to the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, 250 delegates representing more than 140 countries gathered for the eighth session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the 2003 Convention from 8 to 10 September 2020.
The General Assembly took important decisions for the implementation of the Convention. Throughout the meeting, delegates discussed the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on living heritage and approved operational principles and modalities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in emergencies. The delegates also strongly reaffirmed the need for a global reflection on the listing mechanisms of the Convention.
Further discussions will be held during a category VI preliminary experts’ meeting and an open-ended intergovernmental working group scheduled for June 2021. The General Assembly discussed and acknowledged the important role of accredited non-governmental organizations and the ICH NGO Forum in providing support for the implementation of the Convention and accredited thirty-six additional NGOs.

H.E. Mr Amara Camara on his way to chair the eighth session of the General Assembly
© UNESCO

Resolutions

Bureau

  • Chairperson: H.E. Mr Amara Camara (Guinea)
  • Vice-Chairs: Netherlands, Armenia, Ecuador, Indonesia and Palestine
  • Rapporteur: Mr Wael Abdel Wahab (Egypt)

Agenda and documents

 Item of the agendaDocumentsRecordings*
1Opening LHE/20/8.GA/INF.1: English|French
Summary records of the seventh session of the General Assembly
LHE/19/14.COM/4: English|French
Summary records of the thirteenth session of the Committee
LHE/20/15.COM/4: English|French
Summary records of the fourteen session of the Committee 
2020-09-08 10:15: English|French|VO (video)
 
2Election of the Bureau

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/2: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
 
2020-09-08 10:38: English|French|VO (video)
 
3Adoption of the agenda

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/3 Rev.: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

LHE/20/8.GA/INF.3.1 Rev.2: English|French
Provisional timetable
LHE/20/8.GA/INF.3.2 Rev.5: English|French
Provisional list of documents 
2020-09-08 10:55: English|French|VO (video)
 
4Distribution of seats in the Committee per electoral group

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/4: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
 
2020-09-08 11:26: English|French|VO (video)
 
5Report of the Committee to the General Assembly

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/5: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
 
2020-09-08 11:33: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-08 15:07: English|French|VO (video)
 
6Report of the Secretariat on its activities (January 2018 to December 2019)

Decisions: 

LHE/20/8.GA/6+Add.: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
 
2020-09-08 15:18: English|French|VO (video)
 
7Use of the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/7 Rev.: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

LHE/20/8.GA/INF.7: English|French
Financial statement for the period 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019 
2020-09-08 17:06: English|French|VO (video)
 
8Contribution to the preparation of the new Medium-Term Strategy 2022-2029 (41C/4) and draft Programme and Budget 2022-2025 (41C/5)

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/8: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
 
2020-09-09 10:15: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-09 15:38: English|French|VO (video)
 
9Intangible cultural heritage in emergencies

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/9: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
 
2020-09-09 11:30: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-09 15:14: English|French|VO (video)
 
10Revision of the Operational Directives for the implementation of the Convention

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/10: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
 
2020-09-10 17:15: English|French|VO (video)
 
11Update on the reflection on the listing mechanisms of the Convention

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/11: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

LHE/19/14.COM/14: English|French
Reflection on the listing mechanisms of the Convention 
2020-09-09 17:15: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-10 11:21: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-10 15:25: English|French|VO (video)
 
12Update on the reflection on the participation of non-governmental organizations in the implementation of the Convention

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/12: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
 
2020-09-10 18:30: English|French|VO (video)
 
13Accreditation of non-governmental organizations to act in an advisory capacity to the Committee

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/13: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
 
2020-09-10 18:05: English|French|VO (video)
 
14Election of the members of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/14: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

LHE/20/8.GA/INF.14 Rev.4: English|French
List of candidate States Parties for election to the Intergovernmental Committee  
2020-09-10 10:05: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-10 15:15: English|French|VO (video)
 
15Follow-up to the recommendations of the Open-Ended Working Group on Governance, Procedures and Working Methods of UNESCO

Decision: 

LHE/20/8.GA/15: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

LHE/19/14.COM/19: English|French
Follow-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) 
2020-09-10 18:55: English|French|VO (video)
 
16Other business  
 
17Closure  
 

*The interpretation of proceedings serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic record of the proceedings. Only the original speech is authentic.

Top