Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 13.COM 7.B.3

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/18/13.COM/7.b,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decisions 6.COM 8.3 and 8.COM 6.b,
  3. Expresses its thanks to Brazil for submitting its second report on the status of the element ‘Yaokwa, the Eawene 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;
  4. Takes note of the continued efforts undertaken by Brazil to safeguard the element, in particular the enhanced communication with Enawene Nawe community members and the adjusted safeguarding plan to concentrate on cultural aspects and knowledge transmission;
  5. Invites the State Party to continue its safeguarding efforts by maintaining dialogue with community members, training indigenous researchers within the community and strengthening the capacities of the Enawene Nawe Indigenous Association, favoring exchange between indigenous peoples, raising public awareness on the cultural diversity of the country’s indigenous populations and continuing to organize partnerships among relevant public institutions;
  6. Encourages the State Party to pay particular attention to continued community participation and its contribution to reflecting upon the present challenges connected with the transmission of the Yaokwa ritual, and to ensure that the resources needed for a long-term safeguarding plan are identified;
  7. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2019 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.