The fifth extraordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was held fully online on 1 July 2022.

This extraordinary session of the Committee was convened at the request of the sixteenth session of the Committee (Decision 16.COM 14) as part of the ongoing global reflection on the listing mechanisms of the 2003 Convention. Following the Committee’s decision to extend the mandate of the Open-ended intergovernmental working group in the framework of the abovementioned global reflection with a Part III meeting (online, 25 and 26 April 2022), this extraordinary session examined further proposals of amendments to the Operational Directives for the Implementation of the Convention for presentation to the ninth session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention (UNESCO Headquarters, 5 to 7 July 2022).

Furthermore, the Committee inscribed the Culture of Ukrainian borscht on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, as a case of extreme urgency.

Boatbuilder Marko Nikula from Turku in Finland is building a traditional ‘storbåt’. Here he works with the frames Read more on the element
© Jaska Poikonen, 2019


  • Chairperson: H.E. Mr Samir Addahre (Morocco)
  • Vice-Chairs: Switzerland, Czechia, Panama, Republic of Korea and Botswana
  • Rapporteur: Mr Ramiro Maurice Silva Rivera (Peru)


Committee Members

Azerbaijan, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Czechia, Djibouti, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Morocco, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland and Togo

 Item of the agendaDocumentsRecordings*
1Opening  2022-07-01 10:08: English|French| VO (video)
2Election of the Bureau


LHE/22/5.EXT.COM/2: English|French
2022-07-01 10:15: English|French|VO (video)
3Adoption of the agenda


LHE/22/5.EXT.COM/3.Rev.: English|French

LHE/22/5.EXT.COM/INF.3.1.Rev.: English|French
Provisional Timetable
LHE/22/5.EXT.COM/INF.3.2.Rev.: English|French
Provisional list of documents 
2022-07-01 10:22: English|French|VO (video)
4The global reflection on the listing mechanisms of the Convention and proposed revisions to the Operational Directives


LHE/22/5.EXT.COM/4: English|French

LHE/22/5.EXT.COM/INF.4: English|French
Summary Records of the Open-ended intergovernmental working group meeting in the framework of the global reflection on the listing mechanisms of the 2003 Convention (Part III) 
2022-07-01 10:26: English|French|VO (video)
5Request by Ukraine to examine the nomination ‘Culture of Ukrainian borscht cooking’ for the Urgent Safeguarding List as a case of extreme urgency


LHE/22/5.EXT.COM/5: English|French
See the nomination 
2022-07-01 11:40: English|French|VO (video)
6Closure  2022-07-01 12:18: English|French|VO (video)