Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 17.COM 6.A.19

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document LHE/22/17.COM/6.a Rev.,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decisions 4.COM 14.10, 9.COM 5.b.6 and 13.COM 7.b.11,
  3. Expresses its appreciation to Mongolia for submitting, on time, its third report on the status of the element ‘Mongol Tuuli, Mongolian epic’, inscribed in 2009 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  4. Takes note of the efforts described in the report submitted by Mongolia to safeguard the element, in particular through raising public awareness among children and youth, advancing documentation and research, conducting trainings and revitalizing the epics of the Khalkh ethnic group, and developing the legal environment for the safeguarding of the element;
  5. Notes also the efforts of community members, organizations and institutions to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, by adjusting the implementation of safeguarding actions and using the time for preparing performances of the element;
  6. Encourages the State Party to pursue its efforts to transmit the element through trainings, to raise awareness, especially among younger generations, to revitalize performing the epics of diverse ethnic groups in Mongolia in their traditional contexts, and to support initiatives of bearers, practitioners, non-governmental organizations and associations to safeguard the element;
  7. Invites the State Party to improve the social security and welfare of practitioners, to possibly enlarge the scope of those receiving support for their practice and transmission of the element, and to address the reported current risks to the viability of the element, including partial performance of epics in urban areas and potential negative impacts of festivals and competitions on the practice of the element, and recalls the importance of ensuring community representation in decisions on the transmission of their respective knowledge and skills;
  8. Further takes note of the planned practice of the element in tourism, and also encourages the State Party to pay due attention to safeguard social and cultural functions of the element for its communities and to sustain the diversity of its performances;
  9. Further encourages the State Party to continue its fundraising efforts and developing synergies among various funding sources;
  10. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2025 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.