- Having examined Documents ITH/13/8/COM/7 and ITH/13/8.COM/7.a,
- Recalling Chapter I of the Operational Directives and its Decision 7.COM 12,
- Commends the eleven States Parties that submitted nominations for possible inscription on the Urgent Safeguarding List;
- Notes with satisfaction the submission of nominations that demonstrate a clear link between intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development and encourages States Parties to continue to submit nominations that highlight this relationship;
- Invites States Parties to ensure the participation of communities, groups and, if applicable, individuals throughout the nomination process and especially in the design and implementation of sustainable safeguarding measures;
- Further invites States Parties, when preparing videos to accompany nominations, to employ to the greatest extent possible the approach of allowing the communities, groups and individuals concerned with an element to speak about it on their own behalf, rather than relying only on third-person narration, and to have them reflect practices and expressions of intangible heritage in their normal context;
- Reiterates that nominations will only be considered complete if documentary evidence is provided demonstrating that the nominated element is included in an inventory of the intangible cultural heritage present in the territory(ies) of the submitting State(s) Party(ies), as defined in Articles 11 and 12 of the Convention (Decisions 7.COM 11 and 7.COM 20.2) and decides that such documentation shall include a relevant extract of the inventory(ies) in English or in French;
- Stresses the importance of a safeguarding plan that contains concrete measures and activities which adequately respond to the identified threats to the element.