United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
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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- 02-04-2014Ratification by Hungary of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Paris, 2 November 2001)
On 19 March 2014, Hungary deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. More
Report of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (194 EX/33)
Information Document on the CR Committee (194 EX/CR/2)
Implementation of standard-setting instruments - General Monitoring (194 EX/21)
Methods of work of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (194 EX/20)
The Committee on Conventions and Recommendations - 2014 Edition
Basic Texts - 2014 Edition
Monitoring of the implementation of UNESCO's standard-setting instruments - Comprehensive report by the Director-General (37 C/INF.7)
Comprehensive report by the Director-General on the Organization's standard-setting instrument
The Executive Board of UNESCO - 2012 edition
UNESCO's procedure for the protection of human rights: the legislative history of the 104 EX/3.3 Procedure
Standard-setting in UNESCO
Adopted by the Executive Board at its 177th session (177 EX/Decision 35 II)
Specific 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)
Documents concerning the CR Committee since the 159th session of the Executive Board
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