Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 8.COM 6.b

The Committee,

  1. Having examined Document ITH/13/8.COM/6.b,
  2. Recalling Article 7 of the Convention concerning reports by the States Parties, Chapter V of the Operational Directives, and its Decision 6.COM 8.3,
  3. Expresses appreciation to the State Party for submitting its report on the status of ‘Yaokwa, the Enawene Nawe people’s ritual for the maintenance of social and cosmic order’, inscribed in 2011 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, while noting that it was not able to submit a revised report providing additional information to complete it as advised by the Secretariat;
  4. Takes note of the efforts undertaken by Brazil to respond to the concerns raised by the Committee at the time of inscription and invites it to further strengthen its engagement in the safeguarding of this element;
  5. Invites the State Party to further develop its safeguarding strategy for this element in order to envisage additional measures moving beyond the protection of Enawene Nawe land and resources to engage more fully the cultural dimension and components of the Yaokwa ritual;
  6. Further invites the State Party to continue its efforts to involve the Enawene Nawe people in planning and implementing present and future safeguarding activities, and takes note of the challenge to strike a proper balance between regular coordination with them and not being too intrusive;
  7. Decides that its next report will follow the normal four-year cycle, in conformity with Paragraph 161 of the Operational Directives, and will therefore be expected on 15 December 2015;
  8. Requests the Secretariat to inform the State Party twelve months prior to the deadline for the submission of the report on the status of this element.