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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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09-10-2020 Ratification by Nicaragua of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education (Paris, 25 November 2019) UNESCO
On 1 October 2020, Nicaragua deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education. More

05-10-2020 Ratification by Angola of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Paris, 17 October 2003) UNESCO
On 28 July 2020, Angola deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. More

28-09-2020 Ratification by Senegal of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Paris, 2 November 2001) UNESCO
On 15 September 2020, Senegal deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. More

23-09-2020 Ratification by Grenada 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 28 August 2020, Grenada 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

23-09-2020 Accession by Fiji to the Revised Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education (Tokyo, 26 November 2011) UNESCO
On 27 August 2020, Fiji deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Revised Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education. More

23-09-2020 Ratification by Azerbaijan to the Convention concerning the International Exchange of Publications (Paris, 3 December 1958) UNESCO
On 7 August 2020, Azerbaijan deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification to the Convention concerning the International Exchange of Publications. More

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