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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



04-07-2020 Accession by Ukraine to 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 30 June 2020, Ukraine 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

25-06-2020 Ratification by Oman of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Paris, 2 November 2001) UNESCO
On 10 June 2020, Oman deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. More

11-06-2020 Approval by Norway of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education (Paris, 25 November 2019) UNESCO
On 8 June 2020, Norway deposited with the Director-General its instrument of approval of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education. Norway is thus the first State to express its consent to be bound by the Convention. More

02-06-2020 Ratification by San Marino of the Convention against Discrimination in Education (Paris, 14 December 1960) UNESCO
On 11 March 2020, San Marino deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention against Discrimination in Education. More

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