Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 3.COM 1

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/08/3.COM/CONF.203/1;
  2. Recalling Articles 31 and 16 of the Convention;
  3. Also recalling paragraphs 34-42 of the Operational Directives, adopted by the General Assembly of the States Parties at its second session (Resolution 2.GA 5);
  4. Incorporates in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity the 90 items proclaimed ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ before the entry into force of the Convention, as listed in document ITH/08/3.COM/CONF.203/1;
  5. Requests the Director General to invite States non party having present on their territory incorporated Masterpieces to consent explicitly in writing to accept the rights and assume the obligations arising from the Convention, while respecting the conditions and deadlines provided for in the Operational Directives;
  6. Calls on the States non party to the Convention so concerned to consider ratifying it as soon as possible, in accordance with Articles 32 and 33