Second session of the General Assembly of the States Parties

Emblem of the 2003 Convention selected by the General Assembly in its second session. It has been designed by Dragutin Dado Kovačević, Croatia.

The second session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage took place from 16 to 19 June 2008 at UNESCO Headquarters.

In conformity with its Rules of Procedure and with Article 6 of the Convention, the General Assembly conducted an election on this occasion for the renewal of half of the Members of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

An information session for the States Parties to the Convention was held on Monday 2 June 2008 from 15.30 to 18.00 in Room XI (Fontenoy) in preparation for the second session of the General Assembly (background notes: English|French).

Chairperson, Vice-Chairs and Rapporteur

  • Chairperson: Mr Chérif Khaznadar (France)
  • Vice-Chairs: Algeria, Bulgaria, India and Senegal
  • Rapporteur: Mr Francisco Javier López Morales (Mexico)
Mr Chérif Khaznadar, President of the 2nd General Assembly

Speeches

  • Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO:
    English|French|Multilingual
  • H.E. Mr Olabiyi Babalola Joseph Yai, Chairman of the Executive Board of UNESCO:
    English|French
  • H.E. Mr. Mohammed Bedjaoui, President of the first General Assembly of the States Parties to the 2003 Convention:
    English|French
  • H.E. Mr. Faruk Loğoğlu, President of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage:
    English|French

Oral report

Participants, summary records and resolutions

Working documents

Additional information

  • Presentation by the Office of the Legal Adviser on the formal and procedural conditions for the Incorporation of the items proclaimed Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity into the Representative List (Sofia, Bulgaria, 2nd extraordinary session of the Committee): English|French