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UNESCO General Conference - 33rd Session

 Committees and Commissions

COMMITTEES AND ORGANS ELECTED BY THE GENERAL CONFERENCE (33C)(PDF)

33 C/NOM/1 - Election of the President and Vice-Presidents of the General Conference and of the Chairpersons, Vice-Chairpersons and Rapporteurs of the Commissions and Committees

33 C/NOM/INF.2 Rev.4 - Composition of committees, commissions and other subsidiary organs of the General Conference

At the beginning of each session, on the proposal of the Nominations Committee, the General Conference elects a President and 36 Vice-Presidents, and constitutes the committees and commissions that are necessary for the conduct of its work. The choice of Vice-Presidents is meant to ensure the representative character of the General Committee.

The committees of the General Conference are:

  • the Credentials Committee, which consists of nine members elected by the General Conference on the proposal of the Temporary President;
  • the Nominations Committee, which consists of the heads of all delegations entitled to vote in the General Conference;
  • the Legal Committee, which consists of 21 members elected by the General Conference at its preceding session;
  • the Headquarters Committee, which consists of 24 members elected by the General Conference at its preceding session (the geographical distribution of the seats shall reflect that of the Executive Board);
  • the General Committee, which consists of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Chairpersons of the committees and commissions of the General Conference.
Each Commission or Committee elects its Chairperson, with the exception of the General Committee, which is chaired by the President of the General Conference. Each Commission or Committee also elects Vice-Chairpersons and a Rapporteur. The following posts are to be filled:

Commissions- Chairperson
- 4 Vice-Chairpersons
- Rapporteur
Credentials Committee- Chairperson
- (if needed, 1 or 2 Vice-Chairpersons)
- Rapporteur
Nominations Committee- Chairperson
- 4 Vice-Chairpersons
- Rapporteur
Legal Committee (1)- Chairperson
- (if needed, 1 or 2 Vice-Chairpersons)
- Rapporteur
Headquarters Committee (1)- Chairperson
- 2 Vice-Chairpersons
- Rapporteur
(1) At each session, the General Conference elects Member States to be members of the Headquarters Committee and the Legal Committee until the end of the subsequent session.