Periodic reporting of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Convention provides in Article 29 that States Parties shall submit to the Committee reports on the legislative, regulatory and other measures taken for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in their territories. The Committee examines those reports, in accordance with Article 7 (f), and summarizes them for the General Assembly.

See working documents of the Committee on periodic reporting

The Secretariat has developed a dedicated webpage which includes references to the reports already examined by the Committee, their summaries as well as future deadlines for reports on the status of elements inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.

Reporting on the implementation of the Convention and on the status of elements inscribed on the Representative List

The submission of these periodic reports is suspended until the Committee defines the modalities of regional cycle of reporting and the deadlines applicable to each State Party. In any case, no report on the implementation of the Convention is expected before 15 December 2020

Periodic reporting allows States Parties to assess their implementation of the Convention, evaluate their capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, report on their inventories of intangible cultural heritage and update the status of elements inscribed on the Representative List. They are also one of the Convention’s key mechanisms for international cooperation, allowing States and communities to benefit from the experience gained in other States Parties and to exchange information on effective safeguarding measures and strategies.

Reporting on elements inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List

Reports on each element inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List are to be submitted on 15 December of the fourth year following the year of inscription, and every fourth year thereafter

When elements are inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, the submitting State Party commits itself to take safeguarding measures aimed at strengthening the viability of the heritage concerned. Four years after inscription, 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, allowing the Committee, State Party and community concerned to monitor whether the inscription is achieving its goal of focusing attention and resources on heritage at risk so that it can continue to be practised and transmitted.

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