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National Commissions: UNESCO
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Asia and the Pacific

Thailand National Commission for UNESCO
General Information
English NameThai National Commission for UNESCO
French NameCommission nationale Thailandaise pour l'UNESCO

Bureau of International Cooperation
Ministry of Education
Nok Avenue, Dusit
Bangkok 10300
Kingdom of Thailand

Phone(66) 2628 5646/9
Fax(66) 2281 0953

E-mailthainatcom@yahoo.co.th; churasan97@gmail.com (SG)
National Commissions Web site on unesco.orghttp://www.bic.moe.go.th
Correspondence LanguageENGLISH
Office Holders
NameAdmiral Narong Pipatanasai
Election Date30 August 2014
Mandated duration
StartedAugust 2014
Government PostMinister of Education

NameMrs Suthasri Wongsaman
TitleVice Chairperson
StartedNovember 2012

NameMr Kamon Siriban
Election Date16 October 2014
Mandated duration
StartedOctober 2014
Government PostOther

Date and Method of CreationOctober 1949
StatusGovernmental (1 Ministry)
Department attached toDivision of External Relations of the Ministry of Education
Legislation DatesThe judicial text was accepted01/01/1949 and last revised
LegislationThe Commission is set up by a law.
Documentation CentreThe Documentation Centre holds 20,000 UNESCO publications and welcomes some 20,000 visitors each year (mostly students, academics, government officials, teachers and staff members from other National Commissions for UNESCO).
The Center is administered by a librarian who has attended the courses organised by the IBE (Geneva), the Thai Librarian Association, and the Murdock University (Australia).
Structure of the CommissionThe National Commission consists of the following bodies:
- The General Assembly, which meets at least once a year;
- Six Specialized Committees dealing with: (1) Education; (2) Science; (3) Culture; (4) Social Science; Communication; and (5) Importation of Educational, Science and Cultural Materials. The Specialized Committees meet three to four times a year;
- The Secretariat.
Members/CompositionThe 19 members of the Commission, who are appointed by the Cabinet, represent ministries, national organizations, NGOs, as well as individuals in their personal capacities.
General AssemblyThe Commission is appointed by the Cabinet. It meets at least once a year.
Committees or Sub-CommitteesThe Commission comprises of seven specialised committees and 16 sub-committees. Normally, the specialized committees hold their meetings 3 - 4 times a year, while the sub-committees hold their meetings once every one to two months. The membership is made up of ministries, national organizations, individualsd and NGOs.
Interaction with UNESCO and National Commissions
OverviewThe Thai Commission collaborates with the Asia and the Pacific National Commissions (Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea). It cooperates with the UNESCO Field Offices in Bangkok and Jakarta.
UNESCO Courrier
FinancingParticipation Programme
DistributionGovernment agencies, universities, school libraries and some experts in UNESCO's fields of competence
The Bulletin of the Thai National Commission for UNESCO
DistributionGovernment agencies, universities, school libraries and some experts in UNESCO's fields of competence
Newsletter of the Foreign Relations Division
PeriodicityMonthly - to disseminate the activities of the Division and the Commission
DistributionDisseminated free of charge to schools, universities, educational institutes, government agencies, interested groups and individuals