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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 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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Sing.bmpImplementation of standard-setting instruments - General Monitoring (199 EX/14 Part I Annex)
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Sing.bmpDocuments of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations for the 199th session of the Executive Board
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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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16-06-2016 Ratification by Thailand of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Paris, 17 October 2003) UNESCO
On 10 June 2016, Thailand deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. More

16-06-2016 Ratification by the Central African Republic of the International Convention against Doping in Sport (Paris, 19 October 2005) UNESCO
On 8 June 2016, the Central African Republic deposited with the Director-General its instrument of ratification to the International Convention against Doping in Sport. More

03-06-2016 Ratification by South Soudan of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (Paris, 16 November 1972) UNESCO
On 9 March 2016, South Soudan deposited with the Director-General the instrument of ratification of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. More

25-03-2016 Accession by South Sudan to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Paris, 20 October 2005) UNESCO
On 9 March 2016, South Sudan deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. More

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