Ninth ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee

Highlights of the session: 

(Paris, 14-16 December 2015, UNESCO, Room II)

  • International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD): approval of 6 new projects.
  • Implementation and impact of Article 16 (Preferential Treatment for Developing Countries) and Article 21 (International Consultation and Coordination): decision to develop new specific training modules.
  • Periodic Reporting: review of 5 new quadrennial periodic reports.
  • Implementation of the Convention: decision to elaborate a preliminary draft of the Operational Guidelines on digital issues.
  • Visibility of the Convention: public launch of the first Global Report “Re | Shaping Cultural Policies” on the implementation and impact of the Convention.

UNESCO Headquarters | 14 – 16 December 2015

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Chairperson: Ms. Eva Nowotny (Austria)
Rapporteur: Ms Mariella Crosta (Uruguay)
Vice-Chairpersons: Australia, Ethiopia, Lithuania, Tunisia

List of participants

Results of the Satisfaction Survey on the Preparation and Organization of the fifth ordinary session of the Conference of Parties.

Status of the IFCD projects of the funding cycles 2010 – 2014.

Results of the projects supported through the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) and implemented in 2013-2015.

Summary of the exchange session: The diversity of cultural expressions in the digital age.

Summary of the exchange session: Preferential treatment, international coordination and consultation.

Challenges and opportunities for the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital era in East Asia.

Committe membersTerm of Office
Group I
Germany2015 - 2019
Austria2013 - 2017
France2015 - 2019
United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland
2013 - 2017
Group II
Belarus2013 - 2017
Lithuania2013 - 2017
Czech Republic2015 - 2019
Slovakia2015 - 2019
Group III
Brazil2015 - 2019
Paraguay2015 - 2019
Peru2015 - 2019
Saint Lucia2013 - 2017
Uruguay2013 - 2017
Group IV
Afghanistan2013 - 2017
Australia2013 - 2017
Indonesia2015 - 2019
Group V(a)
Côte d’Ivoire 2015 - 2019
Ethiopia2013 - 2017
Madagascar2013 - 2017
Nigeria2015 - 2019
Democratic Republic of the Congo 2015 - 2019
Group V(b)
United Arab Emirates2013 - 2017
Morocco2015 - 2019
Tunisia2013 - 2017


Adoption of the detailed summary record of the eighth ordinary session of the Committee.
Report of the Secretariat on its activities (2014-2015).
Future activities of the Committee: draft workplan, timeline, resources.
Secretariat’s report on the implementation of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).
Towards Operational Guidelines on digital issues.

Preferential treatment, International consultation and coordination (Articles 16 and 21 of the Convention): status of consultations, sharing of knowledge and good practices.

Assessment of the participation of civil society in implementation of the Convention.

Quadrennial periodic reporting: new reports and analytical summary.

Date of the next session of the Committee.

Election of the members of the Bureau of the tenth ordinary session of the Committee.

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.