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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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12-03-2015 Accession by South Africa of the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (The Hague, 26 March 1999) UNESCO
On 11 February 2015, South Africa deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession of the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. More

12-03-2015 Ratification by Luxembourg of the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (Paris, 14 November 1970) UNESCO
On 3 February 2015, Luxembourg deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. More

29-01-2015 Ratification by Madagascar of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Paris, 2 November 2001) UNESCO
On 19 January 2015, Madagascar deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. More

09-01-2015 Ratification by the Bahamas to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Paris, 20 October 2005) UNESCO
On 29 December 2014, the Bahamas deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. More



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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