Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 6.COM 7

The Committee,

  1. Having examined Document ITH/11/6.COM/CONF.206/7,
  2. Recalling Chapter I of the Operational Directives and its Decision 5.COM 9,
  3. Expresses its satisfaction with the work of the Consultative Body and the present report and thanks its members for their efforts;
  4. Invites States Parties when elaborating nominations to the Urgent Safeguarding List, proposals to the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices and requests for International Assistance greater than US$25,000 to take careful heed of the observations and suggestions offered by this Consultative Body and to endeavour to submit nominations, proposals and requests of the highest quality, providing all of the information needed for their proper examination and evaluation;
  5. Considers that each nomination, proposal or request should constitute a unique and original document and reminds submitting States that duplication of text from another nomination, proposal or request, or use of previously published material without proper attribution, is not acceptable;
  6. Further invites States Parties when elaborating nominations, proposals and requests to bear in mind that the Urgent Safeguarding List, Register of Best Safeguarding Practices and International Assistance are intended to allow States Parties to contribute to the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in a spirit of cooperation and mutual assistance, for example through the elaboration of multinational nominations;
  7. Underlines that nominations to the Urgent Safeguarding List should concentrate on the situation of the element within the territory(ies) of the submitting State(s), while acknowledging the existence of same or similar elements outside its(their) territory(ies), and further decides that submitting States should not refer to the viability of such intangible cultural heritage outside of their territories or characterize the safeguarding efforts of other States;
  8. Reaffirms that the communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals whose intangible cultural heritage is concerned are essential participants in all stages of the identification, the inventorying, the preparation and elaboration of nominations, proposals and requests, as well as in the planning and implementation of safeguarding measures;
  9. Encourages States Parties to address in nominations, proposals and requests the participation of women, children and youth in their elaboration as well as in the implementation of safeguarding measures, giving particular attention to the transmission of intangible cultural heritage from generation to generation and to raising awareness of its significance;
  10. Further encourages States Parties to consider the fundamental importance of intangible cultural heritage as a guarantee of sustainable development, to integrate considerations of sustainable development into safeguarding measures proposed in nominations to the Urgent Safeguarding List and requests for International Assistance, and to propose for possible selection for the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices programmes, projects or activities that place sustainable development at their core;
  11. Encourages States Parties to mention in the nominations, proposals and requests, any additional documentation to allow a better understanding of nominations, proposals and requests.