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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.



Sing.bmpReport of the Committee on Convention and Recommendations (204 EX/33)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments (204 EX/18 Parts I - VI)
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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments (204 EX/18 Part I - Annex)
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Sing.bmpInformation Document on the CR Committee (204 EX/CR/2)
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CR Photo ok.jpgThe Committee on Conventions and Recommendations - 2018 Edition
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conseil.gifThe Executive Board of UNESCO - 2018 Edition
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Sing.bmpComprehensive report by the Director-General on UNESCO's standard-setting instruments (39 C/INF.10)
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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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19-06-2018 Ratification by Canada of the Convention on the Recognition of qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region (Lisbon, 11 April 1997) UNESCO
On 13 June 2018, Canada deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Recognition of qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region. More

19-06-2018 Accession by Djibouti 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 9 April 2018, Djibouti 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

30-05-2018 Ratification by Ireland of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (The Hague, 14 May 1954) and accession to its Second Protocol (The Hague, 26 March 1999)
On 17 May 2018, Ireland deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and of accession to its Second Protocol. More

30-05-2018 Ratification by Solomon Islands of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Paris, 17 October 2003) UNESCO
On 11 May 2018, Solomon Islands deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. More

30-05-2018 Ratification by Palestine of the Convention against Discrimination in Education (Paris, 14 December 1960) UNESCO
On 24 April 2018, Palestine deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention against Discrimination in Education. More

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