Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 11.COM 6

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/16/11.COM/6 Rev. and its annexes,
  2. Recalling Article 25.5 of the Convention and Chapter II of the Operational Directives,
  3. Further recalling Decisions 8.COM 12, 9.COM 7, 9.COM 13.e and 10.COM 9,
  4. Commends the Republic of Korea for its generous offer of a voluntary supplementary contribution to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund to improve the periodic reporting mechanisms under the Convention;
  5. Accepts with gratitude the generous contribution of the Republic of Korea, approves its specific purpose and requests the Secretariat to ensure its proper planning and implementation;
  6. Expresses its concern on the small number of new voluntary supplementary contributions to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund to support the programmatic framework of the 2014-2017 Complementary Additional Programme entitled ‘Strengthening capacities to safeguard intangible cultural heritage for sustainable development’ since its last session;
  7. Thanks Brazil for the information concerning the outstanding voluntary supplementary contribution to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, regrets that Brazil will not be able to honour its previous offer and invites other contributors to support the two-year programme for strengthening national capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Paraguay that it approved in 2013;
  8. Also thanks Viet Nam for the information concerning the outstanding voluntary supplementary contribution to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, regrets that Viet Nam will not be able to honour its previous offer and invites other donors to consider the possibility of supporting initiatives to further explore the links between intangible cultural heritage and climate change, as well as other sustainable development issues;
  9. Further takes note that no supplementary voluntary contributions to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund have yet been received to cover all of the costs of organizing two open ended intergovernmental working groups to be devoted to, respectively, the development of an overall results framework for the Convention and the procedure for removal of an element from a List and the transfer of an element from one list to the other, while welcoming the expressed intent of the People’s Republic of China to fund and host the former;
  10. Thanks all the contributors that have generously supported the Convention and its Secretariat, since its last session, namely Azerbaijan, Belgium (Flanders), China, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain (Government of Catalonia) and the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre) as well as the Norwegian Centre for Traditional Music and Dance;
  11. Encourages other contributors to consider the possibility of supporting the Convention, in particular through the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, while inviting them to disburse their contribution on time and therefore shorten as much as possible the time lapse between their offer and the payment of the announced contributions, allowing for smooth and timely implementation of activities;
  12. Requests the Secretariat to report, at its twelfth session, on the progress of implementation of any voluntary supplementary contributions it may have received since its last session.