Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 3.COM 12

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/08/3.COM/CONF.203/12;
  2. Recalling its decisions 1.EXT.COM 4, 1.EXT.COM 4 bis, 2.COM 4 and 2.EXT.COM 15 ;
  3. Recalling that accredited non-governmental organizations may attend its sessions in conformity with Rule 6 of its Rules of Procedures, and that the Committee may invite other public or private bodies as well as private persons to attend its sessions in conformity with Rule 7;
  4. Decides to amend Rule 8 of its Rules of Procedure as follows:

Amendment to the Rules of Procedures

Rule 8  Other participants 


States Parties to the Convention which are not Members of the Committee may attend its sessions as observers.


States not party to the Convention which are Member States of UNESCO or of the United Nations, Associate Members of UNESCO, Permanent Observer Missions to UNESCO, representatives of the United Nations and organizations of the United Nations system may attend the sessions of the Committee as observers.


The Committee may authorize intergovernmental organizations other than those referred to in Rule 8.2, as well as public or private bodies and private persons, with recognized competence in the various fields of ICH, to attend its future sessions as observers, upon their written request. The Committee may authorize such institutions, organizations or private persons to attend a single session or several of its sessions, without prejudice to its right to limit the number of representatives per organization or institution.


The Director-General shall invite any entity whose participation has been authorized by the Committee in conformity with Rules 8.2 and 8.3.


Public meetings of the Committee shall be open to the public, as an audience, within the limitations of available space.

  1. Further decides, as an exception, to invite at its next session the NGOs it has recommended to the General Assembly for accreditation.