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2.) Country-level action – direct impact on the ground

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On becoming Director-General, Mr Matsuura took decisive measures to rationalize and reinforce the Organization’s field network.


The introduction of a coherent decentralization strategy has allowed UNESCO to scale-up its assistance to Member States, especially in developing countries. He has continued to evolve this strategy to respond to the changing landscape of UN reforms at country level.

The result is that, over the past decade, UNESCO has strengthened human capacity in its 53 Field Offices by shifting programme funds and personnel from Headquarters to its numerous regional and cluster offices, so that the ratio of staff in Headquarters to those in the Field has shifted from 3:1 in 1999 to 2:1 today.

UNESCO has greatly increased its involvement in post-conflict and post-disaster situations helping to win recognition of the importance of protecting basic pillars of human development in emergency situations and ensure a seamless transition from relief efforts through to recovery.


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Director General's Achievements:
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Delivering an ambitious 10 year plan

  • 1.) Increased Focus - programme concentration, better results

  • 2.) Country-level action – direct impact on the ground

  • 3.) A catalyst for international co-operation

  • 4.) Strengthening UNESCO’s legitimacy, visibility and outreach

  • 5.) A new management approach

  • 6.) Future challenges




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