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Standard-Setting Instruments

When, cultural differences and traditions notwithstanding, States agree to common rules, they can draw up an international instrument: an agreement or convention, which are legally binding, a recommendation or a declaration.

UNESCO participates in this effort through its standard-setting action, serving as a central forum for coordinating the ethical, normative and intellectual issues of our time, fostering multidisciplinary exchange and mutual understanding, working – where possible and desirable – towards universal agreements on these issues, defining benchmarks and mobilizing international opinion.

This site lists each instrument by type and by UNESCO sector of activity. For each instrument you will find HTML versions of the texts in English and French, and links to PDF files from our official documents in the six official languages of UNESCO.

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16-06-2016 Ratification by Thailand of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Paris, 17 October 2003) UNESCO
On 10 June 2016, Thailand deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. More

16-06-2016 Ratification by the Central African Republic of the International Convention against Doping in Sport (Paris, 19 October 2005) UNESCO
On 8 June 2016, the Central African Republic deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification to the International Convention against Doping in Sport. More

03-06-2016 Ratification by South Soudan of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (Paris, 16 November 1972) UNESCO
On 9 March 2016, South Soudan deposited with the Director-General the instrument of ratification of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. More



Sing.bmpReport of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (199 EX/30)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments (199 EX/14 Part I - IV)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments - General Monitoring (199 EX/14 Part I Annex)
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Sing.bmpDocuments of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations for the 199th session of the Executive Board
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conseil.gifThe Executive Board of UNESCO - 2016 edition
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Sing.bmpInformation Document on the CR Committee (199 EX/CR/2)
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Sing.bmpComprehensive report by the Director-General on UNESCO's standard-setting instruments (38 C/INF.6)
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CR Photo ok.jpgThe Committee on Conventions and Recommendations - 2016 Edition
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Textes ééé.jpgBasic Texts - 2016 Edition
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la.jpgUNESCO's procedure for the protection of human rights: the legislative history of the 104 EX/3.3 Procedure
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bpi 2.jpgStandard-setting in UNESCO
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177 EX 35 pixel.bmpFramework Guidelines
Adopted by the Executive Board at its 177th session (177 EX/Decision 35 II) and amended at its 196th session (196 EX/Decision 20) More

177 EX 35 pixel.bmpSpecific multi-stage procedure for the monitoring of the implementation of UNESCO conventions and recommendations for which no specific institutional mechanism is provided
Adopted by the Executive Board at its 177th session (177 EX/Decision 35 I) and amended at its 196th session (196 EX/Decision 20) More

Image sans titre 2.pngDocuments concerning the CR Committee since the 159th session of the Executive Board
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