Resources for the global reflection on the listing mechanisms of the 2003 Convention

Interview with a practitioner in the inventory process of traditional games. During the inventory, regional differences in the rules of the game and the techniques of the same games are documented
© National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO, 2010

Despite initial hesitations expressed by some when preparing for the adoption of the 2003 Convention, Member States of UNESCO opted for an international listing system. It was hoped that such a system would act as a driving force to raise the visibility of the new international legal instrument in favour of the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage.

Since the first nomination cycle in 2009, States Parties have repeatedly highlighted the challenges related to the inscription procedure, the criteria and fundamental issues concerning the listing mechanisms. Many of these issues were already extensively debated during the drafting of the Convention and its Operational Directives, including the inscription criteria. In 2017, the Committee clearly expressed the need for a reflection on the listing mechanisms, for the first time.

This resource page contains working and information documents that accompanied those discussions and the resulting Committee decisions and General Assembly resolutions as well as links to the relevant meetings.

MeetingDocumentDecision / Resolution
Fifteenth session of the CommitteeNumber of files submitted for the 2020 and 2021 cycles and
number of files that can be treated in the 2022 and 2023 cycles
English|French

Report of the Evaluation Body on its work in 2020
English|French
Decision 15.COM 9



Decision 15.COM 8
Eighth session of the General AssemblyRevision of the Operational Directives for the implementation of the Convention
English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

Update on the reflection on the listing mechanisms of the Convention
English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
Resolution 8.GA 10



Resolution 8.GA 11
Fourteenth session of the CommitteeReflection on the listing mechanisms of the Convention
English|French

Report of the Evaluation Body on its work in 2019
English|French
Decision 14.COM 14


Decision 14.COM 10
Thirteenth session of the CommitteeIssues concerning the follow-up of inscribed elements on the Lists
of the Convention
English|French

Report of the Evaluation Body on its work in 2018
English|French
Decision 13.COM 9


Decision 13.COM 10
Twelfth session of the CommitteeRemoval of an element from the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage
in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and its transfer to the
Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
English|French

Reflection on the transfer of an element from one List to the other
and the removal of an element from a List
English|French
Decision 12.COM 11.c



Decision 12.COM 14
Tenth session of the Committee-Decision 10.COM 19
Sixth session of the CommitteeReflection on the criteria for inscription on the Lists
English|French
Decision 6.COM 16

Resolution 3.GA 5
Fifth session of the CommitteeReflection on revising the Operational Directives concerning
the criteria for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage
in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and the Representative List
of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
English: Part 1 - Part 2|French: Part 1 - Part 2
Decision 5.COM 10.1

Resolution 3.GA 5
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