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UNESCO and Human Rights Standard-Setting Instruments and Monitoring
Afin de réaliser ses principaux objectifs, l’UNESCO élabore des instruments internationaux pertinents. L’établissement de normes a pu, ainsi, jouer un rôle important dans les activités de l’UNESCO. Pendant plus d’un demi-siècle d’existence, une soixantaine de conventions, déclarations et recommandations ont été élaborées et adoptées par la Conférence Générale de l’UNESCO. La majorité de ces instruments sont directement ou indirectement liés aux droits de l’homme qui relèvent des domaines de compétences de l'Organisation (l'éducation, la culture, les sciences, ainsi que la communication, l’information et la liberté d’opinion et d’expression).
  • Elaboration and adoption of the standard-setting instruments of UNESCO
    International conventions adopted by the General Conference and recommendations to Member States are prepared in accordance with a pre-established procedure, namely, the Rules of Procedure concerning Recommendations to Member States and International Conventions covered by the terms of Article IV, paragraph 4, of the Constitution. The detailed description of the procedure is contained in the General introduction on the standard-setting instruments of UNESCO, prepared by the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs of UNESCO. More ...


  • Monitoring of the implementation of UNESCO’s standard-setting instruments
    UNESCO's instruments envisage the monitoring of their implementation. A general provision to this end is formulated in the Constitution which stipulates that: "The General Conference shall receive and consider the reports sent to the Organization by Member States on the action taken upon the recommendations and conventions or, if it so decides, analytical summaries of these reports" (UNESCO Constitution, Article IV, para. B.6). More ...


  • The role of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (CR) in considering periodic reports received from Member States on the implementation of UNESCO’s standard-setting instruments
    The Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (CR) is a subsidiary organ of UNESCO's Executive Board. It considers all questions relating to the implementation of UNESCO’s standard-setting instruments that are entrusted to CR by the Executive Board, including Member States’ periodic reports on the implementation of conventions and recommendations (15 C/Resolution 12.2, resolution of the General Conference, adopted at its 15th session in 1968). The issue of strengthening of the role of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations in considering periodic reports received from Member States on the implementation of UNESCO’s standard-setting instruments has been discussed by the Organization’s governing bodies since 2001. The proposals elaborated as a result of this reflextion are aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the UNESCO monitoring procedures. More ...


  • UNESCO Procedure for handling complaints of alleged violations of human rights in its fields of competence
    UNESCO has a confidential procedure for the examination of communications (complaints) received by the Organization concerning alleged violations of human rights in its fields of competence, namely education, science, culture and information. This procedure is set out in 104 EX/Decision 3.3 adopted by the Executive Board in 1978 and entitled "Study of the procedures which should be followed in the examination of cases and questions which might be submitted to UNESCO concerning the exercise of human rights in the spheres of its competence, in order to make its action more effective: Report of the Working Party of the Executive Board". Between 1978 and 2003, due to this procedure out of 508 cases recognized admissible 315 cases were settled. More ...


  • Conciliation and Good Offices Procedure
    The Conciliation and Good Offices Commission is responsible for seeking the settlement of any dispute which might arise between States Parties to the Convention against Discrimination in Education (1960). More ...


  • Joint International Labour Organization/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers (1966)
    UNESCO has a special monitoring procedure relating to such matter as the status of teachers. The Joint International Labour Organization/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers (1966) was set up in 1968 by a decision of UNESCO's Executive Board and by the Governing Body of the ILO. More ...


  • Procedure for the Implementation of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, with Regulations for the Execution of the Convention and the First Protocol to the Convention and the Conference Resolutions (1954), as well as the Second Protocol to the Convention (1999) - During a period of armed conflict, the protection of cultural property belonging to the cultural heritage of mankind is a prerequisite for the exercise of human rights in the cultural field. It follows therefore that the procedure for the implementation of this Convention can be considered intimately linked to other UNESCO procedures for the protection of human rights. More ...


  • UNESCO standard-setting instruments
    The texts of all standard-setting instruments adopted by UNESCO, classified by type and by UNESCO sector of activity, giving also, among other things, full accounts of the status of ratification by convention and lists of conventions ratified and non-ratified by country are posted on the website of the UNESCO Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs. For each instrument you will find HTML versions of the texts in English and French, and links to PDF files from our official documents in the six official languages of UNESCO. More ...



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