Mushishi, the peacock tail signifies the pride of being Veekuhane and the artistry of dance. Read more on the element
© Ishmael Ogaufi Otlaadisa and Veekuhane, Botswana, 2018

The eighteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will be hosted by the Republic of Botswana from 5 to 8 December 2023.

H.E. Mr Mustaq Moorad, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Botswana to UNESCO, will chair this annual gathering which will be attended by representatives of States Parties, non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions, and other stakeholders from across the globe.

The Committee will evaluate nominations submitted by States Parties for inscription on the Lists of the Convention:
45 elements for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, 6 elements for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, 4 proposals for the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices and 1 International Assistance request.

Press conference

A press conference open to accredited media will be held on site on Tuesday 5 December at 12.45 pm (Kasane time).

Journalists: please register online ahead of the press conference.

The press briefing will be attended by:

  • H.E. Mr Mustaq Moorad, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Botswana to UNESCO, Chairperson of the 18th session of the Committee
  • Mr Ernesto Ottone, Assistant-Director General for Culture

Contacts for press

Mr Thomas Mallard - Tel. +33 (0)7 77 38 73 88
Ms Mathilde Crochet - Tel. + 33 (0)1 45 68 18 28

Press kit

A press kit containing summaries of the elements that will be discussed and examined, including descriptions, recommandations of the Evaluation Body, contact details, and videos and photos of the elements as submitted is available here English|French.


The provisional timetable is available in English|French

Working documents

The working documents are available online.

Calendar of events

A calendar of events is available online.


Interview: Q and A with the Third Secretary of the 2003 Convention, Mr Tim Curtis.
Podcast ‘The stuff of life’: from the ‘coaxing ritual for camels of Mongolia’ to the ‘Bigwala music and dance of Uganda’, the podcast focuses on Living Heritage and UNESCO’s efforts to safeguard it for the future.


The webcast links can be found here.

Files 2023 under examination

Consult the complete nomination/proposal/request files (forms, supporting documents, photos and videos) as submitted by the States here.
The list of inscribed elements will be updated from the following page:

UNESCO and social media

Twitter for inscriptions