Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 15.COM 7.7

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document LHE/20/15.COM/7,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decision 10.COM 10.a.5,

  3. Expresses its thanks to Mongolia for submitting, on time, its report on the status of the element ‘Coaxing ritual for camels’, inscribed in 2015 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;

  4. Takes note of the efforts of Mongolia to support the transmission of the element, especially through direct apprenticeship and training programmes leading to an increased number of practitioners, and to provide opportunities for children to learn the coaxing ritual in their families and at school;

  5. Invites the State Party to continue its efforts to safeguard diverse aspects of the element, including the knowledge and skills of playing traditional musical instruments, to address the community’s need for musical instruments used for the coaxing ritual, to enhance the gender balance in the safeguarding of the element and to provide financial and policy support to practitioners;

  6. Further takes note of the increasingly diverse range of festivals and competitions organized to raise public awareness about the element, and further invites the State Party to consider the potential risk and impact of decontextualization on the safeguarding of the element;

  7. Encourages the State Party to extend the geographical scope of the safeguarding activities within its territory and to continue building partnerships between the central government, local government administrations, educational and cultural organizations and practitioners;

  8. Further encourages the State Party to continuously monitor the viability of the element and the impact of national and regional policies and measures on camel herding practices with the broad involvement of practitioners and other stakeholders;

  9. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2023 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.