Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 17.COM 9

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document LHE/22/17.COM/9 and its annex,
  2. Recalling Decisions 14.COM 15, 15.COM 6 and 16.COM 9,
  3. Takes note of the wide range of activities undertaken by the accredited non-governmental organizations and the ICH NGO Forum in 2021 and 2022, including those at the international level associated with the work of the Committee, as well as the initiative that led to strengthened collaboration between the ICH NGO Forum and the Secretariat;
  4. Acknowledges the initiatives taken by the ICH NGO Forum to increase the number of non-governmental organizations from underrepresented regions and encourages the Forum to pursue its efforts in this regard;
  5. Appreciates the readiness demonstrated by the ICH NGO Forum to actively pursue the development of the Convention and the work of the governing bodies, notably on the new thematic initiatives and in the context of the reflection on a broader implementation of Article 18;
  6. Welcomes the progress made with the mapping of the domains of competence of sixty-five accredited non-governmental organizations, invites the ICH NGO Forum to finalize the results of this exercise soon and requests that the Secretariat disseminate them as widely as possible;
  7. Requests that the Secretariat continue its collaboration with the ICH NGO Forum to ensure that the mapping exercise continues to cover accredited non-governmental organizations which were not addressed by the first round of the exercise;
  8. Encourages States Parties and other potential partners to consider the possibility of providing financial contributions to support the work of the ICH NGO Forum;
  9. Decides to include a separate item on the ‘Report of the non-governmental organizations forum’ on the provisional agenda of its eighteenth session.