Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 17.COM 6.a.18

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document LHE/22/17.COM/6.a Rev.,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decisions 4.COM 14.09, 9.COM 5.b.5 and 13.COM 7.b.12,
  3. Expresses its appreciation to Mongolia for submitting, on time, its third 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 efforts described in the report submitted by Mongolia to safeguard the element, in particular through advancing research and documentation on the element, developing a legal framework for its safeguarding, enhancing its practice through festivals and competitions, broadening trainings with participation of practitioners and raising public awareness about the element, also among younger generations;
  5. Notes also the efforts of community members, organizations and institutions to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, by adjusting the implementation of safeguarding activities and developing online modalities for trainings and competitions on the element;
  6. Encourages the State Party to pursue its efforts to raise interest in the element among younger generations and to provide formal and non-formal training opportunities, to transmit all aspects of the element, including dance movements and their meanings, traditional music and playing musical instruments, and associated traditional knowledge, and to sustain the importance and skills of improvisation of the element;
  7. Invites the State Party to consider enlarging the scope of practitioners receiving support for their practice and transmission of the element and improve their social security and welfare as intended in the updated safeguarding plan of the previous report, to enhance the role of non-governmental organizations and associations in safeguarding the element, and further invites the State Party to ensure community representation in decisions on the transmission of their respective knowledge and skills;
  8. Further takes note of the practice of the element in tourism, and also encourages the State Party to pay due attention to safeguard social and cultural functions of the element for its communities and to sustain the diversity of its performances;
  9. Further notes that International Assistance was approved in December 2021 for sustaining and transmitting Mongol Biyelgee and that its implementation is forthcoming, further encourages the State Party to continue its fundraising efforts and develop synergies among various funding sources, and also invites the State Party to include, in its next report on the status of this element, information on the funding sources for safeguarding activities;
  10. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2025 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.