Resolution of the General Assembly: 9.GA 5

The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined document LHE/22/9.GA/5,
  2. Recalling Article 30 of the Convention,
  3. Welcomes Angola and Somalia, which ratified the Convention during the reporting period, bringing the total number of States Parties to 180, and encourages those States which have not yet ratified to consider doing so;
  4. Takes note of the report by the Committee to the General Assembly on its activities between January 2020 and December 2021, as annexed to this document, and thanks the Committee for its effective work;
  5. Expresses its gratitude to the Committee for assuring the continuation of the Committee’s work despite the challenging circumstances and difficulties raised by the global COVID-19 pandemic;
  6. Commends the Committee for the successful implementation of the reformed periodic reporting mechanism, based on the move to a regional cycle of reporting and focusing on results-based reporting aligned with the Overall Results Framework, as an important achievement under the 2003 Convention;
  7. Further commends the Committee for the fruitful progress it made concerning the global reflection on the listing mechanisms through an inclusive consultation process with experts and the open-ended intergovernmental working group;
  8. Takes note with interest of the findings of the 2021 evaluation of UNESCO’s action in the framework of the 2003 Convention by the Division of Internal Oversight Services (IOS), as well as of the twelve recommendations and the management responses made therein, and affirms the necessity of establishing priorities for the use of the limited resources of the 2003 Convention Secretariat as pointed out by its Recommendation 1;
  9. Acknowledges the continued importance the Committee places on the two global funding priorities of the Convention, ‘Strengthening capacities to safeguard intangible cultural heritage using multi-modal approaches and contribute to sustainable development’ and ‘Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in formal and non-formal education’;
  10. Requests that the Director-General bring this report to the attention of the General Conference of UNESCO, in conformity with Article 30, paragraph 2 of the Convention.