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The sixth session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the 2003 Convention ⓒ ICHCAP

The Philippines Elected as a New IGC Member

The Philippines was elected as a member of the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC).1The aims of the IGC are to promote the objectives of the Convention, provide guidance on best practices, and make recommendations on measures for the safeguarding of the ICH. The Committee examines requests submitted by States Party for the inscription of intangible heritage on the lists as well as proposals for programs and projects. The IGC is also in charge of granting international assistance. Furthermore, it submits the documents of the revision of operational directives and of a plan for use of the Fund to the General Assembly. The decision came at the sixth session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was held at UNESCO Headquarters from 30 May to 1 June 2016.

The IGC is made up of twenty-four countries and divided into equitable geographical representation groups. The distribution is as follows:

  • Group I, three seats
  • Group II, three seats
  • Group III, four seats
  • Group IV, five seats
  • Group V(a), six seats
  • Group V(b), three seats

Committee Members serve four-year terms, and biannually, half of the Committee Members are changed. Since Afghanistan, India, Mongolia, and the Republic of Korea were elected as Committee Members at the fifth General Assembly, they will continue to serve on their seats in Group IV. The Philippines will have the honor to serve in place of Kyrgyzstan, which just successfully completed its four-year term on the IGC.

For a full list of the states on the IGC, visit unesco.org/culture/ich/en/members-00028

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1. The aims of the IGC are to promote the objectives of the Convention, provide guidance on best practices, and make recommendations on measures for the safeguarding of the ICH. The Committee examines requests submitted by States Party for the inscription of intangible heritage on the lists as well as proposals for programs and projects. The IGC is also in charge of granting international assistance. Furthermore, it submits the documents of the revision of operational directives and of a plan for use of the Fund to the General Assembly.