Criteria and timetable of inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Following the decision made by the Committee at its seventh session in Paris in December 2012, the Urgent Safeguarding List includes now 31 elements. The elements along with corresponding documentation (nomination form, photos and video) can be consulted from the Lists page.

The selection criteria and the procedures leading to inscription on the Convention’s lists were revised by the General Assembly in June 2012. For a complete presentation of the procedures, please refer to the Operational Directives and download corresponding nomination format from the forms page.

Criteria for inscription on the Urgent Safeguarding List

In nomination files, the submitting State(s) Party(ies) is(are) requested to demonstrate that an element proposed for inscription on the Urgent Safeguarding List satisfies all of the following criteria:

Timetable and procedures for inscription

Phase 1: Preparation and submission

31 March Year 0
Deadline for preparatory assistance requests for the elaboration of nominations.
31 March Year 1
Deadline by which nominations must be received by the Secretariat. Files received after this date will be examined in the next cycle.
30 June Year 1
Deadline by which the Secretariat will have processed the files, including registration and acknowledgement of receipt. If a file is found incomplete, the State Party is invited to complete the file.
30 September Year 1
Deadline by which missing information required to complete the files, if any, shall be submitted by the State Party to the Secretariat. Files that remain incomplete are returned to the States Parties that may complete them fora subsequent cycle.

Phase 2: Evaluation

December Year 1 - May Year 2
Evaluation of the files by the Consultative Body.
April – June Year 2
Meeting for final evaluation by the Consultative Body.
For weeks prior to the session of the Committee
The Secretariat transmits the evaluation reports to the members of the Committee. The files and evaluation reports will also be available on-line for consultation by States Parties.

Phase 3: Examination

November Year 2
The Committee examines the nominations and makes its decisions.