Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 14.COM 9.a.3

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document LHE/19/14.COM/9.a Rev.,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decision 9.COM 9.a.7,
  3. Expresses its thanks to Uganda for submitting, on time, its first report on the status of the element ‘Male-child cleansing ceremony of the Lango of central northern Uganda’, inscribed in 2014 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  4. Takes note of the efforts undertaken by Uganda to safeguard the element, in particular by documenting its process and disseminating its significance, enhancing its transmission through traditional oral methods as well as modern communication devices, and establishing national legislation frameworks to reduce the cutting of the shea butter tree;
  5. Invites the State Party to continue its efforts to safeguard the element by developing new educational plans and policies in the field of culture, improving the planning and financing associated with safeguarding activities, and pursuing close cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as individual practitioners;
  6. Encourages the State Party to actively involve community members in the implementation of the safeguarding activities as well as to ensure that the resources needed for the long-term plan are identified;
  7. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2022 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.