Declaration on Beirut issued by the eighth session of the General Assembly

New composition of the Committee

With all appropriate sanitary measures due to the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, 250 delegates representing more than 140 countries gathered for the eighth session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the 2003 Convention from 8 to 10 September 2020.
The General Assembly took important decisions for the implementation of the Convention. Throughout the meeting, delegates discussed the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on living heritage and approved operational principles and modalities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in emergencies. The delegates also strongly reaffirmed the need for a global reflection on the listing mechanisms of the Convention.
Further discussions will be held during a category VI preliminary experts’ meeting and an open-ended intergovernmental working group scheduled for June 2021. The General Assembly discussed and acknowledged the important role of accredited non-governmental organizations and the ICH NGO Forum in providing support for the implementation of the Convention and accredited thirty-six additional NGOs.

H.E. Mr Amara Camara on his way to chair the eighth session of the General Assembly



  • Chairperson: H.E. Mr Amara Camara (Guinea)
  • Vice-Chairs: Netherlands, Armenia, Ecuador, Indonesia and Palestine
  • Rapporteur: Mr Wael Abdel Wahab (Egypt)

Agenda and documents

 Item of the agendaDocumentsRecordings*
1Opening LHE/20/8.GA/INF.1: English|French
Summary records of the seventh session of the General Assembly
LHE/19/14.COM/4: English|French
Summary records of the thirteenth session of the Committee
LHE/20/15.COM/4: English|French
Summary records of the fourteen session of the Committee 
2020-09-08 10:15: English|French|VO (video)
2Election of the Bureau


LHE/20/8.GA/2: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2020-09-08 10:38: English|French|VO (video)
3Adoption of the agenda


LHE/20/8.GA/3 Rev.: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

LHE/20/8.GA/INF.3.1 Rev.2: English|French
Provisional timetable
LHE/20/8.GA/INF.3.2 Rev.5: English|French
Provisional list of documents 
2020-09-08 10:55: English|French|VO (video)
4Distribution of seats in the Committee per electoral group


LHE/20/8.GA/4: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2020-09-08 11:26: English|French|VO (video)
5Report of the Committee to the General Assembly


LHE/20/8.GA/5: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2020-09-08 11:33: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-08 15:07: English|French|VO (video)
6Report of the Secretariat on its activities (January 2018 to December 2019)


LHE/20/8.GA/6+Add.: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2020-09-08 15:18: English|French|VO (video)
7Use of the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund


LHE/20/8.GA/7 Rev.: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

LHE/20/8.GA/INF.7: English|French
Financial statement for the period 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019 
2020-09-08 17:06: English|French|VO (video)
8Contribution to the preparation of the new Medium-Term Strategy 2022-2029 (41C/4) and draft Programme and Budget 2022-2025 (41C/5)


LHE/20/8.GA/8: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2020-09-09 10:15: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-09 15:38: English|French|VO (video)
9Intangible cultural heritage in emergencies


LHE/20/8.GA/9: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2020-09-09 11:30: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-09 15:14: English|French|VO (video)
10Revision of the Operational Directives for the implementation of the Convention


LHE/20/8.GA/10: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2020-09-10 17:15: English|French|VO (video)
11Update on the reflection on the listing mechanisms of the Convention


LHE/20/8.GA/11: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

LHE/19/14.COM/14: English|French
Reflection on the listing mechanisms of the Convention 
2020-09-09 17:15: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-10 11:21: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-10 15:25: English|French|VO (video)
12Update on the reflection on the participation of non-governmental organizations in the implementation of the Convention


LHE/20/8.GA/12: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2020-09-10 18:30: English|French|VO (video)
13Accreditation of non-governmental organizations to act in an advisory capacity to the Committee


LHE/20/8.GA/13: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2020-09-10 18:05: English|French|VO (video)
14Election of the members of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage


LHE/20/8.GA/14: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

LHE/20/8.GA/INF.14 Rev.4: English|French
List of candidate States Parties for election to the Intergovernmental Committee  
2020-09-10 10:05: English|French|VO (video)
2020-09-10 15:15: English|French|VO (video)
15Follow-up to the recommendations of the Open-Ended Working Group on Governance, Procedures and Working Methods of UNESCO


LHE/20/8.GA/15: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

LHE/19/14.COM/19: English|French
Follow-up on the implementation of the relevant recommendations of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Governance, Procedures and Working Methods of the Governing Bodies of UNESCO (39 C/Resolution 87) 
2020-09-10 18:55: English|French|VO (video)
16Other business  

*The interpretation of proceedings serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic record of the proceedings. Only the original speech is authentic.