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Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs

The Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs (LA) is a central service reporting directly to the Director-General. The responsibilities of the Office are:

  • to provide legal advice to the General Conference, the Executive Board and various meetings convened by UNESCO and to all the intergovernmental bodies established by the General Conference and the Executive Board and those established for the implementation of the conventions;

  • to provide legal advice on questions arising for the Organization and concerning its Constitution, statutory texts and regulations, its privileges and immunities; to provide advice on the conclusion and application of agreements with Member States or other organizations and on contracts to which the Organization is a party;

  • to represent the Organization before the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization and other international tribunals or dispute resolution boards;

  • to assist in the drawing up and application of international standard-setting instruments and to exercise depository functions of the Director-General in relation to international treaties; and

  • to serve as the secretariat of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations of the Executive Board and of the Legal Committee of the General Conference acting also as credentials committee



18-12-2020 Accession by Afghanistan to the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education (Tokyo, 26 November 2011) UNESCO
On 7 December 2020, Afghanistan deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education. More

08-12-2020 Accession by the Russian Federation to the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education (Tokyo, 26 November 2011) UNESCO
On 27 November 2020, the Russian Federation deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education. More

19-11-2020 Accession by Lebanon to the International Convention against Doping in Sport (Paris, 19 October 2005) UNESCO
On 10 November 2020, Lebanon deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the International Convention against Doping in Sport. More

16-11-2020 Ratification by Peru of the Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (Buenos Aires, 13 July 2019) UNESCO
On 4 November 2020, Peru deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. More

16-11-2020 Approval by Estonia of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Paris, 2 November 2001) UNESCO
On 2 Novmber 2020, Estonia deposited with the Director-General its instrument of approval of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. More

27-03-2020 UNESCO's Response to COVID-19
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