Follow-Up Activities of the Steering Committee (SC), 6 May 2020

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■ Work of ICH NGO Forum under Coronavirus Epidemic After the publication of a general call to NGOs to share their experiences in safeguarding ICH under the epidemic COVID-19 in the last ICH NGO Forum-Newsletter in April, 2020, the Steering Committee has discussed on the second call which would focus on foreseeing the immediate future impact of the pandemic, how it may change the practice of ICH elements, what new challenges are expected in safeguarding, and what would be a path back into “normal”. After the discussion, the members of the Steering Committee agreed to elaborate the complete call before the next meeting of the Steering Committee. ■ Proposal from ICHCAP regarding co-organization of an online ICH NGO Conference ICHCAP has hosted the Asia-Pacific ICH NGO conference every two years since 2016 and the third Asia-Pacific ICH NGO Conference was originally scheduled to be held in Jeonju, South Korea, in November 2020, with the initial theme of ICH and education. But due to the pandemic COVID-19, ICHCAP proposed to the ICH NGO Forum to co-organize the online ICH NGO Conference inviting all the ICH NGOs around the world and broadening the topic to a range of challenges brought by the spread of COVID-19. The Steering Committee accepted the proposal with pleasure and is now under discussion for the details of the online ICH NGO Conference with ICHCAP. ■ Preparation of program for 8.GA Following the conclusion at the previous meeting, the Steering Committee has prepared the application for the two side events of 8.GA that will be co-organized by the Forum: a session dedicated to the outcomes of the IMP project (in collaboration with the project), and a session on the wheel chart of sustainability and ICH (in collaboration with Finland). The application will be sent immediately to UNESCO Secretariat, and as soon as the dates of 8.GA. is confirmed, the preparation of the Forum’s information desk will be finalized. ■ Preparation of program for 15.COM (1) Establishment of the Election Board for 2020 The Steering Committee is to prepare the call for the 2020 ICH NGO Forum Election Board, which was sent to all the ICH NGOs accredited to UNESCO in May. (2) ICH NGO Forum report for 15.COM The Steering Committee will draft an invitation letter to join a working group in the preparation of the Report for 15.COM. and send it to all accredited ICH NGOs. The call for all the accredited ICH NGOs to join the ad-hoc sub-committee for the ICH NGO Forum report at 15.COM was launched on June 9, 2020. As previously agreed, once the working group is established Naila Ceribašić will coordinate its activities on behalf of the Steering Committee. ------------------------------------ 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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