Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 13.COM 7.b.12

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 14.09 and 9.COM 5.b.5,
  3. Expresses its thanks to Mongolia for submitting, on time, its second report on the status of the element ‘Mongol Biyelgee, Mongolian traditional folk dance’, 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, especially through the numerous activities dedicated to its transmission, the attention paid to the connections between research, training and contemporary artistic expressions, as well as the adoption of a legal framework to ensure public funding for safeguarding activities;
  5. Welcomes the role of associations in the transmission of Biyelgee and partnerships established with their active involvement and invites the State Party to sustain such developments of community participation, especially for attracting the interest of younger generations;
  6. Further invites the State Party to pursue its support for the transmission of the element through formal and non-formal education, paying particular attention to the associated cultural meanings, settings and uses of the Biyelgee performance, to the role of improvisation in the dance, as well as to related practices, including the making and wearing of costumes and accessories, playing music and making musical instruments;
  7. Encourages the State Party to develop an updated safeguarding plan, including a detailed timetable and estimated budget, 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;
  8. 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.