Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 2.COM 4

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/07/2.COM/CONF.208/4;
  2. Recalling its Decision 1.EXT.COM 4 bis;
  3. Decides to invite the Secretariat of the United Nations and the organizations of the United Nations system to attend the Committee sessions as observers;
  4. Also decides that States non party to the Convention which are Member States of UNESCO or of the United Nations, Permanent Observer Missions to UNESCO, Associate Members of UNESCO and intergovernmental organizations (other than the United Nations and organizations of the United Nations system) wishing to attend the next session of the Committee as observers, shall make a written request to the Secretariat;
  5. Invites States Parties to the Convention to submit names of local, national, regional and international non-governmental organizations, active in the fields covered by the Convention, that could participate as observers in its next session;
  6. Requests the Secretariat to establish a provisional list of non-governmental organizations and non-profit-making institutions active in the fields covered by the Convention, in particular Article 2 thereof, in cooperation with States Parties to the Convention, in particular, their Permanent Delegations and, where circumstances are appropriate (and in accordance with the UNESCO Official Correspondence Guide), National Commissions. The Secretariat shall submit this list to the States Members of the Committee and circulate it among the States Parties to the Convention;
  7. Further decides to provisionally suspend the applicable sections of Rule 8 of its Rules of Procedure;
  8. Authorizes the Chairperson, on an exceptional basis, to request the Director-General to invite such non-governmental organizations and non-profit-making institutions, at least two months in advance, to attend its next session;
  9. Requests the Director-General to invite those entities in conformity with paragraphs 4, 5, 6 and 8 above;
  10. Further decides to continue to examine at its next session the issue of admission of non-governmental organizations and non-profit-making institutions as observers, with the view to taking a decision on this matter.