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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 Convention and Recommendations (204 EX/33)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments (204 EX/18 Parts I - VI)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments (204 EX/18 Part I - Annex)
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Sing.bmpInformation Document on the CR Committee (204 EX/CR/2)
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CR Photo ok.jpgThe Committee on Conventions and Recommendations - 2018 Edition
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Textes ééé.jpgBasic Texts - 2018 Edition
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conseil.gifThe Executive Board of UNESCO - 2018 Edition
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Sing.bmpComprehensive report by the Director-General on UNESCO's standard-setting instruments (39 C/INF.10)
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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) and amended at its 196th session (196 EX/Decision 20) 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) and amended at its 196th session (196 EX/Decision 20) More

Image sans titre 2.pngDocuments concerning the CR Committee since the 159th session of the Executive Board
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19-04-2018 Accession by Portugal 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 9 April 2018, Portugal 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

19-04-2018 Ratification by Djibouti 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 9 April 2018, Djibouti 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

29-03-2018 Acceptance by Andorra of the Convention against Discrimination in Education (Paris, 14 December 1960) UNESCO
On 13 March 2018, Andorra deposited with the Director-General its instrument of acceptance of the Convention against Discrimination in Education. More

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