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"UNESCO: Sixty Years of Standard-Setting in Education, Science and Culture"

Symposium organized by the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs
9- 10 March 2006, Paris, UNESCO Headquarters, Room IX

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UNESCO has adopted over the last sixty years 35 conventions, 31 recommendations and 13 declarations in the fields of education, science and culture.

  • What has become of all these instruments ?

  • Have they contributed to the realization of the principles and objectives of UNESCO as laid down in its Constitution ?

  • What is their impact on national laws and policies of Member States ?

  • Have they become part of international law ?

This symposium on UNESCO’s standard-setting activities - the first of its kind - is organized in the context of the sixtieth anniversary of the Organization. It brings together eminent international legal scholars and practitioners to address the above issues, and to assess the impact of UNESCO’s standard setting-activities in the realization of the mandate of the Organization.

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