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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 Credentials Committee and the Legal Committee of the General Conference.




06-12-2017 Ratification by Ethiopia 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 22 November 2017, Ethiopia 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

21-11-2017 Ratification by Sweden 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 10 November 2017, Sweden deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification to the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. More

21-11-2017 Accession by Turkey to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Paris, 20 October 2005) UNESCO
On 2 November 2017, Turkey deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. More

21-11-2017 Accession by Afghanistan to the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (The Hague, 14 May 1954) UNESCO
On 26 October 2017, Afghanistan deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (The Hague, 14 May 1954). More



Sing.bmpComprehensive report by the Director-General on UNESCO's standard-setting instruments (39 C/INF.10)
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Sing.bmpReport of the Committee on Convention and Recommendations (202 EX/46)
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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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bpi 2.jpgStandard-setting in UNESCO
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Image sans titre 2.pngDocuments concerning the CR Committee since the 159th session of the Executive Board
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Image sans titre 2.pngReports of the Credentials Committee since the 26th session of the General Conference
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Image sans titre 2.pngReports of the Legal Committee since the 28th session of the General Conference
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