In line with the timetable and modalities of the reflection, the Secretariat of the 2003 Convention undertook the online survey between 26 March and 11 April 2021, with selected experts to seek their views on the main challenges identified so far on the listing mechanisms as well as on possible approaches for finding solutions.
When selecting a group of some 200 experts to participate in the survey, the Secretariat ensured the process was inclusive, through a call requesting that States Parties nominate suitable experts. Some of the participating experts were actively involved in drafting the text of the Convention and/or in subsequently preparing various versions of its Operational Directives. Others have direct experience with different aspects of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding under the 2003 Convention, such as drawing up inventories, preparing safeguarding plans or drafting nomination files for inscription on one of the Lists or the Register of the Convention. All experts that are either present or past members of one of the evaluation bodies responsible for evaluating nominations to the Lists of the Convention (the Subsidiary Body, the Consultative Body, or the Evaluation Body) were also invited to participate.
A compilation of the survey responses is also available here: