Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 6.COM 8

The Committee,

  1. Recalling Article 17 of the Convention and Chapter I of the Operational Directives, as well as its Decision 5.COM 9,
  2. Having examined Document ITH/11/6.COM/CONF.206/8 and its corrigendum and addendum and Document ITH/11/6.COM/CONF.206/7, as well as the nomination files submitted by the respective States Parties,
  3. Taking note of Document ITH/11/6.COM/CONF.206/INF.7,
  4. Congratulates the communities whose intangible cultural heritage is inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List and commends the States Parties concerned for having submitted nominations that satisfy the respective criteria;
  5. Further commends the communities and States Parties for their involvement in the nominations of elements that were proposed for inscription, but that could not be inscribed at this time and encourages them to consider the invitation to submit revised nominations for a subsequent cycle;
  6. Further encourages States Parties to nominate elements that are suitably specific, i.e. those with which communities, groups and, where appropriate, individuals, identify themselves;
  7. Invites States Parties to nominate elements that are suitably inclusive, whose contours can be well described in terms of their transmission process, to ensure the viability of the intangible cultural heritage;
  8. Reminds States Parties that each intangible heritage element has its own community and its own situation; each element calls for specific safeguarding measures adapted to its situation; and each nomination should result from an individual process of elaboration that will not be the same from one case to another;
  9. Further reminds States Parties to present safeguarding plans and budgets that are proportionate to the resources that can realistically be mobilized by the submitting State and that can feasibly be accomplished within the time period foreseen;
  10. Recalls that inscription on the Urgent Safeguarding List does not necessarily entail that International Assistance will be available to support proposed safeguarding measures, and that the latter is subject to its own separate application and evaluation procedures;
  11. Invites the State Parties to submit multinational nominations while recognizing the complexity they present to the States Parties and communities concerned.