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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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18-12-2020 Accession by Afghanistan to the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education (Tokyo, 26 November 2011) UNESCO
On 7 December 2020, Afghanistan deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education. More

08-12-2020 Accession by the Russian Federation to the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education (Tokyo, 26 November 2011) UNESCO
On 27 November 2020, the Russian Federation deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education. More

19-11-2020 Accession by Lebanon to the International Convention against Doping in Sport (Paris, 19 October 2005) UNESCO
On 10 November 2020, Lebanon deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the International Convention against Doping in Sport. More

16-11-2020 Ratification by Peru of the Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (Buenos Aires, 13 July 2019) UNESCO
On 4 November 2020, Peru deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. More

16-11-2020 Approval by Estonia of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Paris, 2 November 2001) UNESCO
On 2 Novmber 2020, Estonia deposited with the Director-General its instrument of approval of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. More

27-03-2020 UNESCO's Response to COVID-19
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