12 March: deadline to submit periodic reports
Latin America and the Caribbean is the first region to report on the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage under the new system of periodic reporting, based on the Overall Result Framework approved in 2018. The thirty-two concerned states followed capacity-building activities in 2020, which were organized exclusively online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Latin America and the Caribbean are finalizing their reports, capacity-building activities are kicking off in Europe, who are the next region to submit their reports.
Periodic reports are also expected from states with elements which were inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List in 2012 and 2016.
When elements are inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List, the submitting State Party commits itself to take safeguarding measures aimed at strengthening the viability of the heritage concerned. Every four years, the State Party reports to the Committee on the current situation of the element, the effectiveness of the safeguarding measures it has implemented, and the challenges it has encountered.