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National Commissions: UNESCO
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Estonia
Estonian National Commission for UNESCO (UNESCO Eesti Rahvuslik Komisjon)
General Information
English NameEstonian National Commission for UNESCO (UNESCO Eesti Rahvuslik Komisjon)
Address

2, Pikk Street
EE - 10123 Tallinn
Estonia

Phone(372-5) 028 475;
(372-6) 441-431;
(372-6) 313.757
Fax(372-6) 313.757
E-mailunesco@unesco.ee; margit.siim@unesco.ee; kerli.gutman@unesco.ee (SG)
National Commissions Web site on unesco.orghttp://www.unesco.ee (in Estonian only)
Correspondence LanguageENGLISH
Office Holders
NameDr Kristin Kuutma
TitleChairperson
Election DateFv. 2008
Mandated duration
StartedFebruary 2008

NameMs Kerli Gutman
TitleSecretary-General
StartedJanuary 2012

NameMs Margit Sim
TitleDeputy Secretary-General
Election DateJune 1997
Mandated duration
Started
Type of AppointmentEmployed as a civil servant

Description
Date and Method of Creation17 August 1992
StatusAutonomous
Department attached toMinistry of Culture
Legislation DatesThe judicial text was accepted20/07/1999 and last revised
LegislationThe Commission has Statutes dating back to 1999.
Documentation CentreThe Commission has not settled any Documentation Centre.
Structure of the CommissionThe National Commission consists of the following bodies:
- The General Assembly (21 members), which meets twice a year;
- The Executive Committee (2 members), which meets every month;
- Programmes Committees, which are established on an ad hoc basis to address specific issues; the meetings of these Committees are convened as required.
- The Secretariat.

There used to be, in 1999, 2 Sub-Commissions dealing with (1) Cultural Management and (2) Cultural Heritage and Peace Education. The Sub-Commission for Cultural Management was established with a perspective of creating a UNESCO Chair for Cultural Management. It held its meetings as often as necessary (there were 4 meetings during 1999). The Sub-Commission for Cultural Heritage and Peace Education was established for promoting World Heritage education and supporting two intertwined initiatives - the Latin Quarter Project and the House of Peace Project.
Members/CompositionThe National Commission comprises 21 members, renewed every three years and representing the Ministries (Culture, Environment, Education), Estonian universities, academies of arts and science, national embassies, the National Library, national institutions and NGOs involved in UNESCO's fields of competence, as well as the media.
The Sub-Commission for Cultural Management represents Estonian universities-University of Tartu, Tallinn Pedagogical University, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian Academy of Music, Estonian Humanitarian Institute, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education.
The Sub-Commission for Cultural Heritage and Peace Education represents NGO's, such as Collegium Educationis Revaliae, St-Michael's Foundation, Tallinn city authorities, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education.
Executive CommitteeThe Commission has no Executive Committee
General AssemblyThe Gneral Assembly meets twice a year
Committees or Sub-CommitteesCurrently the Estonian National Commission has two sub-commissions:

- The Sub-Commission for Cultural Management was established with a perspectie of creating a UNESCO Chair for Cultural Management. It holds its meetings as often as is necessary (there were 4 meetings during 1999). Members of this sub-Commission include Estonian universities (University of Tartu, Tallin Pedagogical University, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian Academy of Music, Esonian Humanitarian Institute), Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education.

- The Sub-Commission for Cultural Heritage and Peace Education was established for promoting World Heritage education and supporting two very closely intertwined initiatives - Latin Quarter Project and the House of Peace Project. Members of this sub-Commission include NGOs (such as Collegium Educationis Revaliae and St. Michael's Foundation), Tallinn City Authorities, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education.
Interaction with UNESCO and National Commissions
OverviewThe Estonian Commission closely collaborates with the Baltic States' National Commissions for UNESCO (Lithuania and Latvia) as well as with the Commissions of Denmark, Germany, Poland, Finland and Sweden. The Commission also cooperates with the UN agencies operating in the country. The Secretary-General of the Austria National Commission has helped the Estonian Commission in the elaboration of its Statutes.
 
Publications
 
UNESCO Eesti Rahvusliku Komisjoni Tegevusaruanne
LanguageEstonian
TypeReport
MediaPrint
PeriodicityAnnual
FinancingAnnual budget.
DistributionThe Report is circulated among the members of the Commission and the Ministry of Culture.