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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.bmpComprehensive report by the Director-General on UNESCO's standard-setting instruments (202 EX/24 INF.)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments (202 EX/24 Parts I to VII)
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Sing.bmpProtocol instituting a Conciliation and Good Offices Commission : nominations and report of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations thereon (202 EX/25)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments - General Monitoring (202 EX/24 Part I Annex)
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Sing.bmpReport of the Committee on Convention and Recommendations (201 EX/39)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments (201 EX/19 Parts I, II & III)
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Sing.bmpReport on the implementation of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) (201 EX/17)
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Sing.bmpReport of the Committee on Convention and Recommendations (200 EX/33)
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Sing.bmpDocuments of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations for the 200th session of the Executive Board
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments (200 EX/16 Part I - II)
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Sing.bmpReport of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (199 EX/30)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments (199 EX/14 Part I - IV)
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conseil.gifThe Executive Board of UNESCO - 2016 edition
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Sing.bmpInformation Document on the CR Committee (199 EX/CR/2)
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CR Photo ok.jpgThe Committee on Conventions and Recommendations - 2016 Edition
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Textes ééé.jpgBasic Texts - 2016 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) 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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26-09-2017 Ratification and accession by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and accession to, its First Protocol (The Hague, 14 May 1954) and its Second Protocol (The Hague, 26 March 1999) UNESCO
On 12 September 2017, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland deposited with the Director-General its instruments of ratification of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and of accession to its First and Second Protocols. More

18-09-2017 Ratification by Suriname of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Paris, 17 October 2003) UNESCO
On 5 September 2017, Suriname deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. More

18-09-2017 Ratification by Egypt of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Paris, 2 November 2001) UNESCO
On 30 August 2017, Egypt deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. More

18-09-2017 Ratification by the United Republic of Tanzania to the International Convention against Doping in Sport (Paris, 19 October 2005) UNESCO
On 29 August 2017, the United Republic of Tanzania deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification to the International Convention against Doping in Sport. More

18-09-2017 Ratification by Monaco 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 25 August 2017, Monaco 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

08-09-2017 Accession by Botswana to the First Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (La Haye, 14 May 1954) UNESCO
On 23 August 2017, Botswana deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the First Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. More

08-09-2017 Acceptance by Botswana 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 23 August 2017, Botswana deposited with the Director-General its instrument of acceptance of the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. More

29-08-2017 Ratification by Bolivia (Plurinational State of) of the Convention against Discrimination in Education (Paris, 14 December 1960) UNESCO
On 17 August 2017, Bolivia (Plurinational State of) deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention against Discrimination in Education. More

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