United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

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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EventsInformation meeting on the UNESCO Conventions Ceremony 17-09-2019 10:00 am
An information meeting on the UNESCO Conventions Ceremony will be held for Permanent Delegations on Tuesday 17 September 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Room IV (with interpretation in English and French).
EventsUNESCO Conventions Ceremony 15-11-2019 1:00 pm Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs
Event on the margins of the 40th session of the General Conference, Friday 15 November 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., UNESCO Headquarters.
DocumentsComprehensive report by the Director-General on UNESCO's standard-setting instruments (40 C/INF.10)
 
DocumentsReport of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (207 EX/53)
 
DocumentsPresentation of the Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs on the UNESCO Conventions Ceremony
 
DocumentsInvitation to the UNESCO Conventions Ceremony
 
DocumentsLetter of Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs on the UNESCO Conventions Ceremony
 
DocumentsInformation Document on the CR Committee (204 EX/CR/2)
 
DocumentsThe Committee on Conventions and Recommendations - 2018 Edition
 
DocumentsBasic Texts - 2018 Edition
 
DocumentsThe Executive Board of UNESCO - 2018 Edition
 
DocumentsUNESCO's procedure for the protection of human rights: the legislative history of the 104 EX/3.3 Procedure
 
DocumentsStandard-setting in UNESCO
 
DocumentsFramework 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)  
DocumentsSpecific 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)  
DocumentsDocuments concerning the CR Committee since the 159th session of the Executive Board
 
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