Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 13.COM 8

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/18/13.COM/8,
  2. Recalling Articles 7(f), 29 and 30 of the Convention,
  3. Further recalling Decision 12.COM 10 as well as Resolution 7.GA 10,
  4. Taking note of the debates at its twelfth session as well as those during the seventh session of the General Assembly on the revisions of the Operational Directives and the associated reform of the periodic reporting to move towards a regional cycle of reporting,
  5. Welcomes the progress made in the reform of the periodic reporting mechanism;
  6. Expresses its gratitude to the government of the Republic of Korea for its contribution to supporting the reform of the periodic reporting mechanism;
  7. Encourages the Secretariat to take into account, during the planning of the capacity-building activities, the debates of the present session which highlighted the needs of States, by giving priority to the States who expressed such requests in this field;
  8. Requests that the Secretariat update the Committee on the reform of the periodic reporting mechanism at its fourteenth session;
  9. Decides to follow a reporting structure based on the definition of regions with a view to the execution of regional activities, as defined in Chapter I of the UNESCO Basic Texts;
  10. Also decides to adopt the following calendar for the regional cycle of reporting under the 2003 Convention:
    1. 2020: Latin America and the Caribbean
    2. 2021: Europe
    3. 2022: Arab States
    4. 2023: Africa
    5. 2024: Asia and the Pacific
    6. 2025: Reflection year
  11. Takes note that States Parties from the Latin America and the Caribbean will submit their periodic reports on the implementation of the 2003 Convention and on the status of elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by 15 December 2020 for examination by the Committee at its sixteenth session in 2021.