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Framework Guidelines

Adopted by the Executive Board at its 177th session (177 EX/Decision 35 II)

I. Information on the legislative, judicial, administrative and other measures taken by the State at the national level

(a) Pursuant to Article IV, paragraphs 4 and 6, and Article VIII of the Constitution, each State may provide information on its status in respect of UNESCO’s conventions by indicating whether it plans to accede to the instruments to which it is not yet Party or which it has signed but not yet ratified(1).

(b) States should describe the specific legal framework governing the protection on their territory of the rights guaranteed by the UNESCO convention to which they are Parties. They should indicate, inter alia, whether the rights set forth in the convention are protected by their constitution, by a basic legislative text or by any other national provision, and whether the UNESCO convention has been incorporated into national legislation, and should make reference to the legal, administrative or other authorities competent in relation to the rights guaranteed by the convention and the scope of such competence.

II. Information on the implementation of the convention (with reference to its provisions)

This part of the report provides States with an opportunity to concentrate on more specific questions pertaining to the implementation of the instrument concerned. It should contain the information requested by the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations in its most recent guidelines for the preparation of reports, and should set out the specific measures taken to respond to any concerns expressed by the Committee in its observations made at the conclusion of the examination of the State Party’s previous report.

(a) Convention against Discrimination in Education

States should provide detailed information on:

(i) the means employed to proscribe discrimination in education for the reasons set out in the Convention, and to ensure equality of treatment in education;

(ii) the measures taken to ensure equal opportunities in education, and to attain education for all (EFA), including gender parity in education, and to implement strategies and programmes in order to achieve in the country the full exercise by all of the right to education without discrimination or exclusion;

(iii) progress made with respect to ensuring universal access to primary and secondary education, including technical and vocational education, and the means employed to protect the right of national minorities to carry out their own educational activities.

(b) Convention on Technical and Vocational Education

States should provide detailed information on:

(i) the measures taken to define strategies and implement programmes and curricula for technical and vocational education designed for young people and adults, within the framework of the respective education systems;

(ii) the measures taken to review periodically the structure of technical and vocational education, study programmes and plans, training methods and materials, as well as the forms of cooperation between the school system and the world of work, and the measures taken to give persons teaching in the field of technical and vocational education an opportunity to update their skills;

(iii) the measures taken to facilitate international cooperation and to participate actively in international exchanges concerning study and teacher-training programmes, methods, equipment standards and textbooks in the field of technical and vocational education.

(c) Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property
States should provide detailed information on the measures taken to:

(i) combat the illicit transfer of ownership, such as setting up one or more national services for the protection of the cultural heritage, and establishing and keeping up-to-date a national inventory of protected cultural property whose export would constitute an appreciable impoverishment of the national cultural heritage;

(ii) combat illicit excavations, such as supervising archaeological excavations, ensuring the preservation in situ of certain cultural property, and protecting certain areas reserved for future archaeological research;

(iii) control the export of cultural property, such as introducing an appropriate certificate by which the exporting State would specify that the export of the cultural property in question is authorized.

III. Methods introduced to draw the attention of the various authorities in the country to the instrument and to remove obstacles encountered

(a) The report should contain an assessment of the effectiveness of the methods introduced to draw the attention of the various authorities of the country to the instrument and to remove obstacles encountered. It should highlight the difficulties encountered in implementing the key provisions of the convention, and the legal and practical obstacles encountered by States in implementing the convention.

(b) States should describe briefly the main issues that need to be resolved in order to promote the implementation of the key provisions of the convention in the country, or what measures have been taken to launch an awareness-raising campaign and to promote ratification.

(c) States should describe the measures taken to raise awareness of the basic principles of the convention, including their translation into national and, where necessary, local languages, and their national or local dissemination, in particular to non-governmental organizations. States should specify the activities undertaken or supported by the National Commission with a view to promoting the convention and fostering debate on critical issues, in relation to the rights enshrined in the convention.


(1) In the case of the conventions on education, States Parties may wish to include information transmitted to the United Nations treaty bodies on their endorsement of other international human rights standards, in particular when such information is directly related to States’ implementation of the provisions of UNESCO’s conventions. States could indicate if they are Parties to regional human rights instruments.

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