Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 11.COM 12

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/16/11.COM/12,
  2. Recalling paragraphs 33 and 34 of the Operational Directives, and its Decisions 10.COM 13 and 10.COM 19,
  3. Taking note that the number of files being treated for the 2017 cycle is 52, representing 51 submitting States,
  4. Considering that its capacities to examine files during a session are still limited, as are the capacities and human resources of the Secretariat,
  5. Further considering that the Evaluation Body’s composition and working method is designed to promote even geographical representation in the evaluation of each criteria of each individual file,
  6. Reaffirms that those States Parties which submitted files that could not be treated in the 2017 cycle will see their files examined with priority in the 2018 cycle, following the principle of one file per submitting State during the two-year period (Decisions 10.COM 13 and 9.COM 12);
  7. Decides that in the course of the 2018 and 2019 cycles, the number of nominations to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, proposals of programmes, projects and activities that best reflect the principles and objectives of the Convention and International Assistance requests greater than US$100,000 that can be treated is determined to be 50 per cycle;
  8. Also decides that at least one file per submitting State should be processed during the two-year period 2018-2019, within the agreed number of nominations per biennium, in conformity with paragraph 34 of the Operational Directives;
  9. Further decides that the Secretariat may exercise some flexibility, if that would permit greater equity among submitting States with equal priority under paragraph 34 of the Operational Directives;
  10. Invites States Parties to take the present decision into account when submitting files for the 2018 and 2019 cycles;
  11. Encourages States Parties, in reference to Decision 10.COM 13, to retrieve at the Secretariat the files submitted in 2012 or before and have not been examined by the Committee, due to the limited number of files that can be treated in the course of a cycle, so that they can be updated for a subsequent cycle, particularly in light of the technical requirements adopted by the Committee and any other relevant considerations;
  12. Requests the Secretariat to report to it on the number of files submitted for the 2018 cycle, its experience applying the Operational Directives and the present decision at its twelfth session.