Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 8.COM 7.B

The Committee,

  1. Having examined Document ITH/13/8.COM/7.b, as well as the proposals submitted by the respective States Parties,
  2. Recalling Chapter I of the Operational Directives,
  3. Commends the two States Parties that submitted proposals for possible selection for the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices;
  4. Notes with concern the limited number of proposals of Best Safeguarding Practices and reaffirms the importance of the capacity-building strategy;
  5. Invites States Parties, when proposing programmes, projects and activities, to clearly identify the communities, groups and individuals concerned and to demonstrate the pertinence of the programme to them, its responsiveness to their needs and aspirations, and its medium-term and longer effectiveness;
  6. Recalls that when selecting such proposals it shall pay special attention to the varied needs of developing countries and encourages States Parties to propose programmes that can serve effectively as models of safeguarding in diverse situations and contexts;
  7. Further encourages States Parties to consider proposing programmes, projects or activities that respond to the needs of sustainable development;
  8. Invites persons and institutions qualified in the various fields of the intangible cultural heritage to undertake research on and evaluation of the effectiveness of safeguarding measures utilized in the Best Safeguarding Practices that it has selected and welcomes international cooperation in such research and evaluation.