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The executive branch of the Organization

The Secretariat consists of the Director-General and the Staff appointed by him or her. As of mid-2009, the Secretariat employed around 2,000 civil servants from some 170 countries. The staff is divided into Professional and General Service categories. More than 700 staff members work in UNESCO's 65 field offices around the world.

Structure of the UNESCO Secretariat


Programme Sectors:

Support Sectors:

  • External Relations and Public Information (ERI)
  • Administration (ADM)

Central Services:

Field Offices

UNESCO Institutes and Centres

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