The drummer, Florah Olebeng Letsholo, with the Council of Elderly Women
© Sylvester Rampete and Bakgatla ba Kgafela, Botswana, 2015

The eighteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will take place at the Cresta Mowana Resort in Kasane, Republic of Botswana from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 December 2023. An opening ceremony is scheduled on Sunday 3 December 2023. The session will be chaired by H.E. Mr Mustaq Moorad, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Botswana to UNESCO.

An information and exchange meeting was held at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, on 2 October 2023 to present the working methods of the Committee as well as practical information concerning this session. Presentations are made available on this webpage.

Register here

Registration of delegates is now open. Practical information will be provided in due course on the present webpage. Meanwhile, delegates are encouraged to book their accommodation as early as possible, using the list of hotels recommended by the host country as published on this page.

Participants experiencing issues to book their flights to Kasane – in particular for the leg between Johannesburg and Kasane – are invited to contact the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Botswana to UNESCO (dl.botswana@unesco-delegations.org) and the Host Country Team (ombaakanyi@nacb.co.bw).



Committee Members

Bureau: composition & meetings

Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Czechia, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam


Agenda and documents

Committee Members wishing to submit amendments are invited to fill in the following form (Amendments) and to send it to ICH-amendments@unesco.org.

 Item of the agendaDocuments
1Opening LHE/23/18.COM/INF.1 Rev.: English|French
General Information 
2Adoption of the agenda LHE/23/18.COM/2: English|French
Adoption of the agenda
LHE/23/18.COM/INF.2.1: English|French
Provisional timetable
LHE/23/18.COM/INF.2.2 Rev.: English|French
Provisional list of documents 
3Observers LHE/23/18.COM/3: English|French
 
4Adoption of the summary records of the seventeenth session of the Committee LHE/23/18.COM/4: English|French
 
5Report by the Secretariat on its activities (January 2022 to June 2023) LHE/23/18.COM/5: English|French
 
6Twentieth anniversary of the 2003 Convention in 2023 LHE/23/18.COM/6: English|French
 
7.aExamination of the reports by States Parties on the current status of elements inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding LHE/23/18.COM/7.a: English|French
See the 15 reports 
7.bExamination of the reports of the regional cycle of periodic reporting on the implementation of the Convention and on the current status of elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by States Parties in the Arab States LHE/23/18.COM/7.b: English|French
See the 17 reports 
7.cUpdate on the regional cycles of the Convention’s periodic reporting and proposal for related amendments to the Operational Directives LHE/23/18.COM/7.c: English|French
Update on the regional cycles of the Convention’s periodic reporting and proposal for related amendments to the Operational Directives
LHE/23/18.COM/INF.7.c: English|French
Analytical Report of the first cycle of periodic reporting on the implementation of the Convention and on the current status of elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by States Parties in Europe 
8Report of the Evaluation Body on its work in 2023 LHE/23/18.COM/8: English|French

Order of files / Ordre des dossiers: English|French
(Indicative) 
8.aExamination of nominations for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding LHE/23/18.COM/8.a: English|French
See the 6 nominations 
8.bExamination of nominations for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity LHE/23/18.COM/8.b: English|French
See the 45 nominations 
8.cExamination of proposals to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices LHE/23/18.COM/8.c: English|French
See the 4 proposals 
8.dExamination of requests for International Assistance LHE/23/18.COM/8.d: English|French
See the request 
9Follow-up on elements inscribed on the Lists of the Convention LHE/23/18.COM/9: English|French
 
10Report on International Assistance from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund and proposal for related amendments to the Operational Directives LHE/23/18.COM/10: English|French
 
11Reflection on a broader implementation of Article 18 of the Convention and proposal for related amendments to the Operational Directives LHE/23/18.COM/11: English|French
Reflection on a broader implementation of Article 18 of the Convention and proposal for related amendments to the Operational Directives
LHE/23/18.COM/INF.11: English|French
Summary records of the meeting of the Open-ended intergovernmental working group in the framework of the reflection on the broader implementation of Article 18 of the Convention 
12Thematic initiatives on living heritage and sustainable development LHE/23/18.COM/12: English|French
 
13Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund: voluntary supplementary contributions and other issues LHE/23/18.COM/13: English|French
 
14Draft plan for the use of the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund in 2024 and 2025 LHE/23/18.COM/14: English|French
Draft plan for the use of the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund in 2024 and 2025
LHE/23/18.COM/INF.14: English|French
Report on the use of the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund for the period 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2023 
15Report of the non-governmental organizations forum LHE/23/18.COM/15: English|French
 
16Accreditation of new non-governmental organizations and review of accredited non-governmental organizations LHE/23/18.COM/16: English|French
See the 73 accreditation requests and the 91 activity reports for review 
17Establishment of the Evaluation Body for the 2024 cycle LHE/23/18.COM/17 Rev.: English|French
 
18Date and place of the nineteenth session of the Committee LHE/23/18.COM/18: English|French
 
19Election of the members of the Bureau of the nineteenth session of the Committee LHE/23/18.COM/19: English|French
 
20Report by the Committee to the General Assembly on its activities (January 2022 to December 2023) LHE/23/18.COM/20: English|French
 
21Other business  
22Adoption of the list of decisions  
23Closure  
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