Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 17.COM 15

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document LHE/22/17.COM/15,
  2. Recalling paragraphs 20.1, 20.2, 21, 22, 33, 34, 39.3, 40.2, 40.3, 54 of the Operational Directives, its Decision 15.COM 9, as well as Resolution 9.GA 9,
  3. Takes note that the number of files treated for the 2022 cycle is fifty-nine (forty national files and nineteen multinational ones) and that for the 2023 cycle sixty files are treated (forty-seven national files and thirteen multinational ones), while welcoming the efforts of the Secretariat to increase the number of files for the 2023 cycle from fifty-five to sixty;
  4. Further takes note that for the 2024 and 2025 cycles, requests for the transfer of elements from one List to another, the inclusion in the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices of the successful safeguarding experience resulting from a transfer from the Urgent Safeguarding List to the Representative List, requests for inscriptions on an extended or reduced basis, as well as the follow-up of inscribed elements, will be treated outside of the annual ceiling;
  5. Decides that, in the course of the 2024 and 2025 cycles, the number of nominations to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, proposals of programmes, projects and activities that best reflect the principles and objectives of the Convention that can be treated is determined to be no more than sixty per cycle;
  6. Further decides that the Secretariat may exercise some flexibility if that will permit greater equity among submitting States with equal priority under paragraph 34 of the Operational Directives;
  7. Further requests that within multinational files, priority be given to:
  • multinational files with at least one submitting State that has no national elements inscribed;
  • multinational files with the fewest elements inscribed per submitting State concerned, taking note that groups of submitting States who have submitted more than one multinational file in a given cycle may be requested to choose which of their multinational files should be considered.
  1. Invites States Parties to take the present decision and current situation as regards multinational files into account when submitting files for the 2024 and 2025 cycles and to show restraint from submitting several multinational files in the same cycle so as to allow for a better representativity of the Lists;
  2. Also takes note that forms for the international cooperation mechanisms of the Convention are being revised to reflect the Operational Directives as amended by the ninth session of the General Assembly;
  3. Also requests that the Secretariat report to it on the number of files submitted for the 2024 and 2025 cycles, its experience in applying the Operational Directives and the present decision at its nineteenth session, while taking note that the Secretariat will report to the tenth session of the General Assembly in 2024, on its experience with the treatment outside the annual ceiling of requests for (a) the transfer from the Urgent Safeguarding List to the Representative List and (b) the inscription on an extended or reduced basis.