1. Distinguished Delegates of the States Parties to the 2003 Convention and UNESCO Secretariat, I direct this message on behalf of the Steering Committee of the ICH NGO Forum and the accredited organizations that work actively with the communities and bearers of ICH.
2. The World is using now much more online communication tools, and these could be very useful in coping with the pandemic, including various capacity building actions, in which NGOs could and should be acknowledged as one of the key partners in safeguarding ICH.
3. In this regard, we would appreciate if GA might consider to expand the scope of the ICH Fund, which you will address under Agenda item 7, to help resilience of ICH under the pandemic, in particular ICH of more vulnerable, indigenous and minority communities, as well as to decrease digital divide in our increasingly interconnected world.