Decision of the Bureau: 14.COM 2.BUR 3

The Bureau,

  1. Having examined document LHE/19/14.COMBUR/3 and its annex as well as document LHE/19/14.COM 2.BUR/INF.3,
  2. Approves the Proposal for the utilization of the funds for ‘Other functions of the Committee’, as annexed to this Decision;
  3. Requests that the Secretariat report on the implementation progress and the way in which the funds are spent;
  4. Invites the Chairperson of the Committee to bring this decision to the attention of the Committee at its fourteenth session.


Proposal for the utilization of the funds for ‘Other functions of the Committee’ for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020

The funds shall be used in conformity with the Financial Regulations of the Special Account for the Fund for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Financial Regulations of UNESCO to cover all costs in line with the full budgeting principles to achieve the objectives of the project. These costs include: training, seminars and meetings; the preparation of technical reports; monitoring and evaluation; subcontracts; staff; travel; equipment; and any other item necessary to implement the activities of the project.


Total budgetary allocation:


39C/5 Performance Indicator 1

Sound governance exercised through the adoption and implementation of strategic resolutions/decisions of the governing bodies of the 2003 Convention

ICH Fund – Budget Line 3
Expected Result 1

Sound governance of the 2003 Convention facilitated by enhanced monitoring and knowledge management services

Budgetary allocation: US$97,187



Indicators (benchmarks)
1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020


Online services maintained and continuously available

·         Less than three-day knowledge management service shortage attributable to maintenance by the Secretariat


Processes and response time optimized thanks to monitoring interfaces and online workflows

·         Three new monitoring interfaces


Clearing-house function of the Knowledge Management System enhanced

·         One new data-mining product


Interaction with key stakeholders strengthened for improved synergies

·         One new interconnection implemented


39C/5 Performance Indicator 2

Number of supported Member States utilizing strengthened human and institutional resources for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage

ICH Fund – Budget Line 3
Expected Result 2

Implementation of the Convention in Member States encouraged through a strengthened capacity-building programme

Budgetary allocations: US$183,301



Indicators (benchmarks)
1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020


Facilitators’ network strengthened

·         Network coordination and thematic work supported through the interregional working group of the facilitators’ network

·         10 to 15 facilitators trained (in LAC) on the implementation of the overall results framework and periodic reporting, including new members (pending co-financing from host country)

·         10 facilitators trained (in Arab States) in one thematic area (pending co-financing from host countries)

·         10 facilitators trained in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in formal and non-formal education

·         Webpage on facilitators’ network maintained


Content and format of the capacity-building programme further developed to respond to major implementation challenges and decisions of statutory organs

·         34 national focal points for periodic reporting trained in periodic reporting in LAC (pending co-financing from host country)

·         Training materials on periodic reporting and policy development available in three languages

·         Materials browser maintained


Monitoring of the capacity-building programme ensured and information shared with relevant partners

·         Online planning and reporting tool for capacity-building activities further revised to track participants’ profiles related to inclusion

·         Programme information pamphlet available in the six UN languages


Networking and partnerships with tertiary educational institutions strengthened

·         10 additional universities engaged in networking activities, including the Arab States region


39C/5 Performance Indicator 3

Number of supported Member States which have integrated intangible cultural heritage into their plans, policies and programmes, in particular, as a contribution towards the achievement of SDGs in a gender-responsive manner

ICH Fund – Budget Line 3
Expected Result 3

Integration of intangible cultural heritage into development plans, policies and programmes supported

Budgetary allocation: US$62,715



Indicators (benchmarks)
1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020


Global clearing house for knowledge sharing, cooperation, training and innovation on intangible cultural heritage and education functioning

·         Webpage and resources for the clearing house available in two languages

·         Programme information pamphlet available in the six UN languages

·         Side event organized at the GA on progress achieved under the new funding priority

·         Experiences of indigenous peoples with safeguarding their living heritage in formal and non-formal education included in the work of UNESCO’s clearing house on this topic


Synergies between the 2003 Convention and work of the UN system in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development strengthened

·         Follow-up to the participation in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


39C/5 Performance Indicator 5

Number of initiatives undertaken by supported Member States which have enhanced knowledge and understanding of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding and of the 2003 Convention

ICH Fund – Budget Line 3
Expected Result 4

Objectives of the Convention promoted through awareness-raising and outreach

Budgetary allocation: US$86,343



Indicators (benchmarks)
1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020


Communication and outreach tools developed and implemented to promote the objectives of the Convention

·         Outreach tool/material/activity produced and disseminated