- Having examined document LHE/21/16.COM/7.a,
- Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decision COM 10.a.4,
- Expresses its appreciation to Uganda for submitting, on time, its first report on the status of the element ‘Ma’di bowl lyre music and dance’, inscribed in 2016 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
- Takes note of the efforts described in the report submitted by Uganda to safeguard the element, in particular through raising awareness among the community concerned and providing new opportunities for the practice of the element, enhancing the apprenticeship of playing and making the Ma’di bowl lyre instrument, and adopting legal and administrative measures to enhance the sustainability of the raw materials used to make the instrument;
- Encourages the State Party to pursue its efforts to transmit the element to youth, including by integrating it in the school curriculum, promoting the importance of Madi language in transmitting the element and exploring creative ways to foster interest among youth to learn and practice the element;
- Invites the State Party to continue to raise broad public awareness about the element, sustain the element in cases where there is limited access to the raw materials associated with its enactment, and ensure a participatory approach to its safeguarding;
- Further invites the State Party to pay due attention to free, prior and informed consent when documenting and disseminating information about the element, ensure continued community access to such material, and target its dissemination to reach identified audiences, such as youth;
- Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2024 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.