Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 13.COM 7.b.11

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/18/13.COM/7.b,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decisions 4.COM 14.10 and 9.COM 5.b.6,
  3. Expresses its thanks to Mongolia for submitting, on time, its second report on the status of the element ‘Mongol Tuuli, Mongolian epic’, inscribed in 2009 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, in particular by providing resources for apprenticeship training, thus enhancing the transmission of the Mongolian epic, advancing research on its practice and implementing diverse awareness-raising activities;
  5. Notes that the safeguarding activities were undertaken with the support of International Assistance through the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, which is reported in Document ITH/16/11.COM/9.c;
  6. Invites the State Party to continue paying particular attention to providing assistance with the safeguarding of those forms of epic singing that are most threatened, and to revitalizing performances in traditional settings, places and conditions of Mongolian epic singing;
  7. Further invites the State Party to respect the freedom of choice of the bearers of the element to decide upon the transmission of their respective knowledge and skills, and to reflect in its next report on the status of this element within the community at large, including those who make up the audience of Mongolian epic performances;
  8. Encourages the State Party to develop an updated safeguarding plan specifically aimed at safeguarding the element, with the participation of the communities, groups and individuals concerned and relevant non-governmental organizations, and to provide this plan in its next report on the status of this element;
  9. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2021 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.