Follow-Up Activities of Steering Committee(SC)

■ Publication of the Newsletter The ICHNGO Forum Newsletter was distributed on 10 April, 2020. Link: http://ipw1.mjt.lu/nl2/ipw1/mhwyz.html?m=AMUAAG4ynZcAAcp9SuoAAAAYkL0AAAAUPK8AAG2QAAhZhABekH6VcK_F42C1S8W_cvNYtqNL4AAH8AE&b=ce917d60&e=796b3e97&x=dcVxVxUKwyeqK1pPsQLBfCpu_MhYZwEb6wit78bUopM The SC will issue the next Newsletter at the end of June or the beginning of July, sharing experiences and good practices of ICH in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. ■ Preparation of Program for 8.GA The 8th session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has been rescheduled to 25 to 27 August, 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It has appeared that at the moment nobody can be completely sure about the date, format, and agenda of 8.GA yet from the talks with the UNESCO Secretariat of the Convention held on 6 April. It may happen that it will be shortened, that no side events will be organized and/or that it will be postponed again. Nevertheless, the SC continue to prepare for the side events program for 8.GA as originally planned as follows : • A session dedicated to the outcomes of the IMP project • A session on the wheel chart of sustainability and ICH. • But panel presentation and in-depth discussion on the role of NGOs in safeguarding ICH in Latin America and the Caribbean is not certain. • ICHCAP will arrange a meeting between the SC and Category 2 centers during 8.GA. ■ Preparation of program for 15.COM The SC and the UNESCO Secretariat of the Convention discussed the format and contents of the Report of ICH NGO Forum for 15.COM. The Report will be comprised of the following parts: i) report on the Forum's activities prior and during 14.COM and on activities prepared for 15.COM, and their contextualization in relation to the role of NGOs in safeguarding ICH in general; ii) Forum's views and suggestions pertaining to three important ongoing topics in the work of the Intergovernmental Committee, namely a) the reform of the listing mechanism, b) the role of NGOs and possible reform of the accreditation system, and c) ICH in emergencies; and iii) resilience of communities and their ICH against Coronavirus pandemic For more active involvement of ICH NGOs in the preparation of the report, the SC decided to send an invitation to all accredited NGOs to join a working group. The issue of approval of membership in the NGO Forum was brought up at the SC, and will be discussed at the General Assembly of ICH NGO Forum to be held during 15.COM. ■ Establishment of the Election Board Since the Election Board was not nominated at the General Meeting held in Bogota last year, the SC will launch a call for expression of interest among accredited NGOs to serve in the 2020 Election Board. ------------------------------------ Minutes of the SC's monthly virtual meeting are uploaded a month later after the confirmation in the next meeting. See more details at the SC's Monthly Minutes. Link: http://ichngo.net/SC/Minutes

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