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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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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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02-04-2014 Ratification by Hungary of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Paris, 2 November 2001) UNESCO
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

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