Post-2003 Convention: Steady Progress towards an Overall Results Framework

The growing importance attributed by different stakeholders to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is evident. Its visibility and appeal have grown at an incredible pace in recent years. In the absence of a shared framework for monitoring and evaluation, however, drawing reliable conclusions about the progress in its implementation is difficult. Building on the achievements of an expert meeting held in 2016, State Parties looked closely into developing an overall results framework to monitor the current and future progress of the 2003 Convention, through an open-ended inter-governmental working group.

Generously hosted by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the three-day meeting took place in Chengdu (from 11 to 13 June 2017) with the main goal of reaching consensus on a set of indicators capable of effectively measuring the outputs, outcomes, and impacts achieved by the Convention. H. E. Mr Xuexian Wang (China) chaired the working group while Mr Moffat Moyo (Zambia) acted as the Vice-Chair. A group of six rapporteurs—one from each electoral group—was elected as follows: Ms Gabriele Detschmann (Austria), Ms Alla Stashkevich (Belarus), Mr Andrés Forero (Colombia), Ms Sang Mee Bak (Republic of Korea), Mr Abdoul Aziz Guissé (Senegal), and Mr Hani Hayajneh (Jordan). 122 participants from all over the world attended; they eagerly sought methods from each other to come up with a better framework.

The working group discussed linking the overall results framework to periodic reporting and deliberated on the potential of mobilizing complementary sources of information and how they might also be used for assessing the impact of the Convention. The working group agreed upon the importance of establishing an overall results framework to permit all those involved in implementing the Convention to have a shared vision of its outputs, outcomes and impacts, and a set of common criteria for evaluating its effectiveness and accomplishments. When discussing its linkages with periodic reporting, it highlighted the benefits that could be attained through moving to a regional cycle for national reporting as that would provide opportunities for international cooperation, knowledge sharing, technical assistance, and capacity building. The working group will present the results of its deliberations, including the summary records, to the Committee for its 12th session in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea from 4 to 8 December 2017 and, if the Committee so agrees, it will be submitted to the General Assembly at its seventh session in Paris in June 2018.

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