Resolution of the General Assembly: 3.GA 12

The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined document ITH/10/3.GA/CONF.201/12,
  2. Recalling Article 6 of the Convention,
  3. Further recalling Rule 13 of its Rules of Procedure,
  4. Taking note of the resignation of Zimbabwe and the necessity under Article 6.5 of the Convention to fill the vacancy thereby created,
  5. Decides, on an exceptional basis, to suspend the application of Rule 13.2 of its Rules of Procedure with respect to the proportional distribution of seats between Electoral Group IV and Electoral Group V (a);
  6. Further decides that, for the purpose of the election at its third session, the 24 seats of the Committee shall be distributed among electoral groups as follows: Group I, 3 seats; Group II, 4 seats; Group III, 5 seats; Group IV, 5 seats; Group V(a), 4seats; Group V(b), 3 seats;
  7. Elects, on an exceptional basis, Islamic Republic of Iran to fill the vacant seat resulting from the resignation of Zimbabwe, for its remaining term of two years;
  8. Elects the following 12 States Parties to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for a term of four years from the date of election:

Group I:


Group II:

Albania, Azerbaijan and Czech Republic

Group III:

Grenada and Nicaragua

Group IV:

China, Indonesia and Japan

Group V(a):

Burkina Faso and Madagascar

Group V(b):


  1. Also decides that the principle of proportionality in Rule 13.2 of its Rules of Procedure, in full conformity with the principle of equitable geographic representation in Article 6.1 of the Convention, shall be rigorously applied to future elections, strictly on the basis of mathematical calculations.