Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 1.EXT.COM 4

The Committee,

  1. Taking into consideration Rules 8.2 and 8.3 of its Rules of Procedure;
  2. Having examined document ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/4 Rev.;
  3. Authorizes the participation as observers in its first extraordinary session of those representatives of States non party to the Convention which are Member States of UNESCO or of the United Nations, who have so requested as listed in the Annex to this decision;
  4. Also authorizes the participation as observers in its first extraordinary session of those representatives of the United Nations and organizations of the United Nations system, other international governmental and non-governmental organizations, permanent observer missions to UNESCO and non-profit-making institutions active in the fields covered by the Convention, who have so requested, as listed in the Annex to this decision;
  5. Further authorizes the participation as observers in its first extraordinary session of those representatives of Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, who have so requested, as listed in the Annex to this decision, following the suspension of Rule 8 of the Rules of Procedure by the required majority for this purpose.

Requests for Observer status
(for details concerning the participants, refer to the Provisional List of Participants)


a)   Requests received in accordance with Article 8.2 of the Rules of Procedure of the Intergovernmental Committee from:

      Austria                                                                 Malaysia
      Bahrain                                                                Poland
      Benin                                                                   Saudi Arabia
      Germany                                                             South Africa
      Italy                                                                       Switzerland
      Kenya                                                                  Thailand
                                                                                    United States of America

 b)  Requests received in accordance with Article 8.3 of the Rules of Procedure of the Intergovernmental Committee from:

      International Council of Museums (ICOM)
      Mediterranean Diet Foundation
      Traditions for Tomorrow

 c)  Extraordinary requests received from:

      Macao Special Administrative Region (of the People’s Republic of China)

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