Periodic reporting of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Convention provides in Article 29 that States Parties shall submit to the Committee reports on the legislative, regulatory and other measures taken for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in their territories. The Committee examines those reports, in accordance with Article 7 (f), and summarizes them for the General Assembly.

See working documents of the Committee on periodic reporting

With the aim of supporting the States in this exercise, a general overview of the situation of each State Party regarding periodic reporting is available. This includes references to the reports already examined by the Committee and their summaries as well as future deadlines. The forms to be completed for the upcoming deadline of 15 December 2016 can also be downloaded, and they are individualized for the countries concerned.

Reporting on the implementation of the Convention and on the status of elements inscribed on the Representative List

Each State Party should submit its periodic report by 15 December of the sixth year following the year of ratification and every sixth year thereafter

Periodic reporting allows States Parties to assess their implementation of the Convention, evaluate their capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, report on their inventories of intangible cultural heritage and update the status of elements inscribed on the Representative List. They are also one of the Convention’s key mechanisms for international cooperation, allowing States and communities to benefit from the experience gained in other States Parties and to exchange information on effective safeguarding measures and strategies.

Reporting on elements inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List

Reports on each element inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List are to be submitted on 15 December of the fourth year following the year of inscription, and every fourth year thereafter

When elements are inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, the submitting State Party commits itself to take safeguarding measures aimed at strengthening the viability of the heritage concerned. Four years after inscription, the State Party reports to the Committee on the current situation of the element, the effectiveness of the safeguarding measures it has implemented, and the challenges it has encountered, allowing the Committee, State Party and community concerned to monitor whether the inscription is achieving its goal of focusing attention and resources on heritage at risk so that it can continue to be practised and transmitted.