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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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15-05-2015 Accession by Kuwait to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat adopted at Ramsar in 1971, and amended in 1982 and 1987 UNESCO
On 5 May 2015, Kuwait deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat adopted at Ramsar in 1971 as amended in 1982 and 1987. More

06-05-2015 Acceptance by Marshall Islands of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Paris, 17 October 2003) UNESCO
On 14 April 2015, Marshall Islands deposited with the Director-General its instrument of acceptance of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. More

06-05-2015 Ratification by Uganda of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Paris, 20 October 2005) UNESCO
On 8 April 2015, Uganda deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. More

16-04-2015 Accession by Belize to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Paris, 20 October 2005) UNESCO
On 24 March 2015, Belize deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. More

16-04-2015 Ratification by Mauritania of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Paris, 20 October 2005) UNESCO
On 24 March 2015, Mauritania deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. More



Sing.bmpReport of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (196 EX/36)
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Sing.bmpReport of the Working Group on the Methods of Work of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (CR) (196 EX/20)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments - Application of the 2003 Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace (196 EX/19 Part IV)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments - Application of the 1993 Recommendation on the Recognition of Studies and Qualifications in Higher Education (196 EX/19 Part III)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments - Consideration of the draft guidelines for the preparation of reports by Member States on the application of the 1960 Convention and Recommendation against Discrimination in Education (196 EX/19 Part II)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments - General Monitoring (196 EX/19 Part I)
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Sing.bmpReport of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (195 EX/37)
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Sing.bmpReport of the Working Group on the methods of work of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (195 EX/16)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments - General Monitoring (195 EX/15)
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Sing.bmpReport of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (194 EX/33)
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EX Document.bmpInformation Document on the CR Committee (194 EX/CR/2)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments - General Monitoring (194 EX/21)
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Sing.bmpMethods of work of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (194 EX/20)
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CR Photo ok.jpgThe Committee on Conventions and Recommendations - 2014 Edition
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Textes ééé.jpgBasic Texts - 2014 Edition
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sing.bmpMonitoring 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 More

conseil.gifThe Executive Board of UNESCO - 2012 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) 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) More

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