Online meeting of experts (Category VI) in the framework of the global reflection on the listing mechanisms of the 2003 Convention

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A consultation with experts will be organized over the month of May 2021. This will include an online meeting of experts to be organized on 7 May (Part I) as well as on 26 and 27 May (Part II). Based on their profiles and respecting geographical and gender balance, some of the experts invited to complete the survey will be also invited to participate in this online meeting.
On 7 May (Part I), the Secretariat will present the results of the online survey and background information regarding the listing mechanisms of the 2003 Convention and constitute breakout groups. Between 8 and 25 May experts will be invited to work in breakout groups focused on one of the four main themes of the reflection:

Theme A: overall approach to the listing mechanism

Theme B: issues related to the criteria of inscription

Theme C: issues related to the follow-up of inscribed elements

Theme D: methodology for the evaluation of nominations

The purpose of the breakout groups is to reflect in depth on the issues identified and propose alternative approaches for improving the listing system. The results of the breakout group’s work will be presented in the form of preliminary recommendations for discussion during the plenary sessions of the expert meeting on 26 and 27 May (Part II). A set of final recommendations resulting from the experts meeting will lay a basis for the discussions of the open-ended intergovernmental working group to be organized from 8 to 10 July 2021.

The working documents for the expert meeting will be published on this page by 23 April 2021.
In addition to the experts to be invited as the main participants, the plenary meeting of experts will be made accessible to other experts from States Parties as observers pursuant to Decision 14.COM 14


  • Agenda : inglés|francés (LHE/21/EXP/1 Rev.3.)
  • Background paper: Rethinking the nature and purposes of the listing mechanisms: inglés|francés (LHE/21/EXP/2 Rev.4.)
  • Overview of the development of the listing mechanisms of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage up to 2008 (Rieks Smeets): inglés|francés (LHE/21/EXP/3 Rev.)
  • Reflection on the Listing Mechanisms of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Perspective of Consultative Bodies 2009–2019 (Eva Kuminková): inglés|francés (LHE/21/EXP/4)
  • Summary results of the expert survey: inglés|francés (LHE/21/EXP/5)
  • List of participants: English/French (LHE/21/EXP/6 Rev.5.)

Technical note: Join Microsoft Teams as a guest: inglés|francés
Technical note: Collaborate on a file in Microsoft Teams: inglés|francés
Powerpoint Presentation Secretariat: inglés|francés
Powerpoint Presentation Eva Kuminková: inglés|francés
Presentation Rieks Smeets: inglés|francés