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Swedish National Commission for UNESCO (Svenska Unescorådet )
General Information
English NameSwedish National Commission for UNESCO (Svenska Unescorådet )
French NameCommission nationale suédoise pour l'UNESCO

Ministry for Education and Research
SE - 103 33 Stockholm

Phone46 8 786 44 00; 46 70 530 42 54 (Chairperson)
46 730 93 72 93 (Vice Chairperson)
46 8 405 14 57; 46 702 33 81 84 (SG)
46 8 405 33 85; 46 70 849 85 93 (Deputy SG)
46 8 405 91 40; 46 703 85 18 75 (Secretariat)
Fax(46-8) 20 32 55
E-mailinger.davidson@kristdemokraterna.se (Chairperson); tomas.kjellqvist@bth.se (Vice Chairperson); mats.djurberg@gov.se (SG); kerstin.lundman@gov.se (Deputy SG); hanna.gelin@gov.se (Secretariat)
National Commissions Web site on unesco.orghttp://www.unesco.se
Correspondence LanguageENGLISH
Office Holders
NameMrs Inger Davidson
Election DateJanuary 2011
Mandated duration
StartedJanuary 2011

NameMr Thomas Kjellqvist
Election DateJanuary 2011
Mandated duration
StartedJanuary 2011

NameMr Mats Djurberg
Election Date1 June 2010
Mandated duration
StartedJune 2010

NameMs Kerstin Lundman
TitleDeputy Secretary-General
Election DateJanuary 2011
Mandated duration
StartedJanuary 2011

Date and Method of Creation1950
StatusGovernmental (1 Ministry)
LegislationThe National Commission is a State agency with its own budget line. The Government decides on its Statutes, which can be found on www.unesco.se
Documentation CentreThe Commission has no documentation centre
Structure of the CommissionThe National Commission consists of the following bodies:
- The General Assembly, which meets 8 times a year;
- The Executive Committee (composed of two members), which meets three to four times a year;
- There are 4 sub-committees (education, science, culture, communication)
- The Secretariat
Members/CompositionAs a governmental body, the National Commission comprises 12 members appointed by the Government for a period of four years (current members from 1st January 2011 till the 31st December 2014) and representing the scientific community, media sector, stakeholders responsible for schools and culture, political parties that have seat in the standing committies of the Parliament and youth organizations
Executive CommitteeThere is a small Executive Committee chair and vice chair from the Commission
General AssemblyThe Commission, which has a maximum of 12 members, meets in full 6 times per annum.
Committees or Sub-CommitteesThe Commission has an education committee - primarily for Education for All 2000. It consists of about four members drawn from the Commission.
Interaction with UNESCO and National Commissions
OverviewThe Swedish National Commission closely collaborates with National Commissions of Nordic countries as well as other European and developing countries. It participates in the regular meetings of 5 Nordic National Commissions in preparation for the General Conference.