Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 11.COM 9.b.5

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/16/11.COM/9.b,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decision 6.COM 8.15,
  3. Expresses its thanks to Mongolia for submitting its report on the status of the element ‘Folk long song performance technique of Limbe performances - circular breathing’, inscribed in 2011 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  4. Takes note of the continued efforts undertaken by Mongolia to safeguard the element and, in particular, conducting a field study of the current state of Limbe, its repertoire and its associated customs/rituals, organizing both formal higher education and non‑formal training by a master, holding scientific meetings, distributing tutorial manuals with DVDs on the circular breathing technique, as well as awareness-raising and promotional activities;
  5. Invites the State Party to continue supporting the training of new Limbe performers, developing improved methods of safeguarding, especially in the areas of teaching, studying and researching, disseminating and sustaining the element, and to collaborate closely with Limbe bearers, the Mongolian Association of Limbe Performers and other non-governmental organizations in these efforts;
  6. Encourages the State Party to continue to address the threat of disappearance of this vulnerable element that has been revived as a result of safeguarding measures taken, and to establish a firm foundation for its future viability, including through ensuring stable and reliable financial support for its practitioners and specific safeguarding activities;
  7. Requests the Secretariat to inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2019 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.