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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.




14-02-2017 Accession by Liechtenstein 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 31 January 2017, Liechtenstein deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. More

14-02-2017 Accession by Togo to the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, its First Protocol (The Hague, 14 May 1954) and its Second Protocol (The Hague, 26 March 1999) UNESCO
On 24 January 2017, Togo deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols. More

14-02-2017 Accession by the Lao People's Democratic Republic to the International Convention against Doping in Sport (Paris, 19 October 2005) UNESCO
On 23 January 2017, the Lao People's Democratic Republic deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the International Convention against Doping in Sport. More

24-01-2017 Ratification by Timor-Leste of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Paris, 17 October 2003) UNESCO
On 31 October 2016, Timor-Leste deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. More

24-01-2017 Ratification by Timor-Leste of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (Paris, 16 November 1972) UNESCO
On 31 October 2016, Timor-Leste deposited with the Director-General the instrument of ratification of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. More



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.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments - General Monitoring (200 EX/16 Part I Annex)
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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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Sing.bmpComprehensive report by the Director-General on UNESCO's standard-setting instruments (38 C/INF.6)
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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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