Tenth ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee

Highlights of the session:

(Paris, 12-15 December 2016, UNESCO, Room II)

  • Implementation of the Convention in the digital age: adoption of draft Operational Guidelines on the implementation of the Convention in the digital environment, and organization of a ministerial panel “Shaping digital policies for development” addressing the use of digital technologies and e-commerce in today’s cultural industries.
  • International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD): approval of 6 new projects.
  • Civil society: organization of the first working session between civil society organizations and members of the bureau to the Intergovernmental Committee to the 2005 Convention as well as a civil society panel on Creativity in the digital age.
  • Periodic Reporting: transmission to the Conference of Parties at its sixth ordinary session of the submitted quadrennial periodic reports and the 2015 edition of the Global Report.

UNESCO Headquarters | 12 – 15 December 2016

This session included a number of debates, among which: the Secretariat’s report on its capacity-building and knowledge management activities; the Convention’s contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the implementation of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) and approval of new projects ; the engagement of civil society in the implementation of the Convention; and the Preliminary draft Operational Guidelines on the implementation of the Convention in a digital environment.

More information on the session

Provisional list of participants

Study: Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions : Implementation of Articles 16 and 21 in 51 Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements Concluded since 2005

Results of the projects supported through the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) and implemented in 2015-2017

Results of the Satisfaction Survey on the Preparation and Organization of the Ninth Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Committee

Status report on the implementation of IOS recommendations (IOS/EVS/PI/134 REV)

Follow Up to the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) Recommendations concerning the Methods of Work of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Bodies - Report by the External Auditor (38 C/23)

Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goals and Targets

Strategy for Reinforcing UNESCO’s Action for the Protection of Culture and the Promotion of Cultural Pluralism in the Event of Armed Conflict (38 C/49)

In accordance with Rule 7.4 of the Rules of Procedure of the Intergovernmental Committee and its Decision 1.EXT.IGC 5, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) having interests and activities in the field covered by the Convention who wish to participate as observers to a session or all sessions of the Committee, are asked to submit a written request to the Director-General of UNESCO. Only NGOs which meet the criteria provided by the Annex to the operational guidelines of Article 11 (Role and participation of civil society) are eligible. The request must be accompanied by the documents mentioned in paragraph 2 of the Annex.

Committe members

Term of Office

Group I


2015 - 2019


2013 - 2017


2015 - 2019

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

2013 - 2017

Group II


2013 - 2017


2013 - 2017

Czech Republic

2015 - 2019


2015 - 2019

Group III


2015 - 2019


2015 - 2019


2015 - 2019

Saint Lucia

2013 - 2017


2013 - 2017

Group IV


2013 - 2017


2013 - 2017


2015 - 2019

Group V(a)

Côte d’Ivoire 

2015 - 2019


2013 - 2017


2013 - 2017


2015 - 2019

Democratic Republic of the Congo 

2015 - 2019

Group V(b)

United Arab Emirates

2013 - 2017


2015 - 2019


2013 - 2017

Chairperson: Mr. Stephen Arnott
Rapporteur: Ms. Jana Kňažková
Vice-Chairpersons: Brazil; France; Morocco and Nigeria

A detailed draft summary record of the 10th ordinary session will be made available in 2017.

English | French

Adoption of the detailed summary record of the ninth ordinary session of the Committee

Secretariat’s report on its activities 2016

Secretariat’s report on the follow-up to the Recommendations of the External Auditor’s Report “on the governance of UNESCO and dependent funds, programmes and entities”

Report on the involvement of civil society in the implementation of the Convention

Secretariat’s report on the implementation of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)

Quadrennial periodic reports: transmission of new reports

Report of the Committee on its activities and decisions to the Conference of Parties

Date of the next session of the Committee

Election of the members of the Bureau of the eleventh ordinary session of the Committee