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Seventh session of the General Assembly

H. E. Mrs Vincenza Lomonaco, Chairperson of the 7th session, and Mr Ernesto Ottone Ramírez, Assistant Director-General for Culture
© UNESCO/Luis Abad

The seventh session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage took place at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, from Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 June 2018. Over the three days, 177 States Parties discussed a number of issues that are important for the safeguarding of living heritage around the world.

In the margin of this Assembly, a series of side-events was organized by the Secretariat under the global theme of ‘Tell your #living heritage story’. They exhibited the richness of living heritage today and provided a platform for discourse and experience-sharing among the different actors involved in safeguarding, including the States, NGOs, youth and community members.



  • Chairperson: H. E. Mrs Vincenza Lomonaco (Italy)
  • Vice-Chairs: Serbia, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Gambia
  • Rapporteur: Mr Waleed Alsaif (Kuwait)

New composition of the Committee

Agenda and documents

 Item of the agendaDocumentsRecordings*
1Opening ITH/18/7.GA/INF.1: English|French
Summary records of the sixth session of the General Assembly 
2018-06-04 10:10: English|French|Original
2Election of the Bureau


ITH/18/7.GA/2: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2018-06-04 10:40: English|French|Original
3Adoption of the agenda


ITH/18/7.GA/3: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

ITH/18/7.GA/INF.3.1 Rev.: English|French
Provisional timetable
ITH/18/7.GA/INF.3.2 Rev.8: English|French
Provisional list of documents 
2018-06-04 10:50: English|French|Original
4Distribution of seats in the Committee per electoral group


ITH/18/7.GA/4: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2018-06-04 11:15: English|French|Original
5Report of the Committee to the General Assembly


ITH/18/7.GA/5: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2018-06-04 11:25: English|French|Original
6Report of the informal ad hoc working group of the Committee to the General Assembly


ITH/18/7.GA/6: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2018-06-04 12:05: English|French|Original
2018-06-04 15:05: English|French|Original
7Report of the Secretariat on its activities


ITH/18/7.GA/7: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

ITH/18/7.GA/INF.7: English|French
Information on communication and outreach for the 2003 Convention 
2018-06-04 15:33: English|French|Original
8Use of the resources of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund


ITH/18/7.GA/8: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

ITH/18/7.GA/INF.8: English|French
Financial statement for the period
1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017 
2018-06-05 10:05: English|French|Original
9Draft overall results framework


ITH/18/7.GA/9: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2018-06-05 12:25: English|French|Original
2018-06-05 15:00: English|French|Original
10Revision of the Operational Directives for the implementation of the Convention


ITH/18/7.GA/10 Rev.: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

ITH/17/12.COM/4: English|French
Summary records of the eleventh session of the Committee
ITH/18/13.COM/4: English|French
Summary records of the twelfth session of the Committee 
2018-06-05 15:55: English|French|Original
11Accreditation of non-governmental organizations to act in an advisory capacity to the Committee


ITH/18/7.GA/11: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2018-06-05 17:00: English|French|Original
12Follow-up on implementation of the relevant recommendations of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Governance, Procedures and Working Methods of the Governing Bodies of UNESCO (Resolution 39 C/87)


ITH/18/7.GA/12: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2018-06-06 11:00: English|French|Original
2018-06-06 11:57: English|French|Original
13Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly


ITH/18/7.GA/13: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese
2018-06-06 11:29: English|French|Original
14Election of the members of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage


ITH/18/7.GA/14: English|French|Spanish|Russian|Arabic|Chinese

ITH/18/7.GA/INF.14 Rev.9: English|French
List of candidate States Parties for election to the Intergovernmental Committee 
2018-06-06 10:00: English|French|Original
2018-06-06 12:45: English|French|Original
15Other business  2018-06-06 12:55
16Closure  2018-06-06 12:56: English|French|Original

*The interpretation of proceedings serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic record of the proceedings. Only the original speech is authentic.