Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 9.COM 9.B

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/14/9.COM/9.b, as well as the proposals submitted by the respective States Parties,
  2. Recalling Chapter I of the Operational Directives and Decision 8.COM 5.c.1,
  3. Commends the four States Parties that submitted proposals for possible selection for the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices and invites all States Parties to give due attention to the Register when planning and preparing files for the Convention’s international mechanisms;
  4. Further recalls the need to pay special attention to the varied needs of developing countries and encourages States Parties to propose programmes that can serve as models of safeguarding in diverse situations and contexts;
  5. Renews its invitation to persons and institutions qualified in the various fields of the intangible cultural heritage to undertake research on and evaluation of the effectiveness of safeguarding measures applied in the Best Safeguarding Practices that it has selected and further encourages international cooperation in such research and evaluation;
  6. Extends its invitation to those persons and institutions to undertake similar research on and evaluation of the effectiveness of safeguarding measures applied in other programmes, projects and activities around the world, whether or not they have been or will be proposed for selection to the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices;
  7. Invites the States Parties, the future Evaluation Body, the Secretariat, category 2 centres, non-governmental organizations and all other stakeholders to continue reflecting on alternate and lighter way to share good safeguarding practices.