First Extraordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Committee (1.EXT.COM)

The Intangible Heritage Messenger N°7 (August 2007)
The Intangible Heritage Messenger N°7 (August 2007)
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At its first session in Algiers, 18 and 19 November 2006, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage accepted the generous offer of China to host an extraordinary session of the Committee (Decision 1.COM 8).

This meeting took place in Chengdu, China, from 23 to 27 May 2007.

Committee Members during the first extraordinary session

Algeria, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Bulgaria, Central African Republic, China, Estonia, France, Gabon, Hungary, India, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Senegal, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Viet Nam

Members of the Bureau of the first extraordinary session of the Committee

  • Chairperson: H.E. Mr WANG Xuexian (China)
  • Vice-Chairs: Belgium, Bolivia, Estonia and the Syrian Arab Republic
  • Rapporteur: Mr Ousmane BLONDIN DIOP (Senegal)

Speeches

  • Message from Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO: English|French
  • H.E. Mr Sun Jiazheng, Minister of Culture, People’s Republic of China: English
  • H.E. Mr Jiang Jufeng, Governor of the Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China: English
  • H.E. Mr Zhang Xinsheng, Chairman of the Executive Board of UNESCO, Vice Minister of Education, People’s Republic of China: soon available
  • Ms Françoise Rivière, Representative of the Director-General of UNESCO, Assistant Director-General for Culture: English|French

Oral report:

Decisions, Summary records and participants

Working documents distributed before the meeting

  • General information
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/INF.1: English: PDF - WORD|French: PDF - WORD
    For more details and electronic versions of forms, please consult page on Practical Information
  • Synthesis of comments received from States Parties in response to Decisions 1. COM 5, 1. COM 6 and 1. COM 7
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/INF.2 Rev.: English|French
    Full comments of 35 States Parties are presented at the end of this page
  • Election of the Members of the Bureau of the First Extraordinary Session of the Committee
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/2: English|French
  • Adoption of the Agenda
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/3: English|French
  • Requests for Observer status
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/4 Rev.: English|French
  • Discussion on the nature of the lists called for in the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and on the procedures for nominations and inscriptions
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/5: English|French
  • Criteria for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/6: English|French
  • Incorporation of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/7: English|French
  • Possible creation of an emblem of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/8: English|French
  • Draft Financial Regulations of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/9: English|French
  • Advisory assistance to the Committee
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/10: English|French
  • Discussion on the implementation of Article 18 of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
    ITH/07/1.EXT.COM/CONF.207/11: English|French

Comments of States Parties solicited by the Intergovernmental Committee during its first session

During its meeting in Algiers the Committee decided (English|French) to invite written comments from the States Parties to the Convention on three issues:

  • An outline for the set of Operational Guidelines that are to be developed by the Committee (Decision 1.COM 5)
  • The question of advisory assistance to the Committee (Decision 1.COM 6)
  • Criteria for inscription on the Lists established by the Convention (Decision 1.COM 7)

The Secretariat received comments from 35 States Parties, presented here in the language in which they were submitted: Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Romania, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe.