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National Commissions: UNESCO
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Europe and North America

United States of America
U.S. National Commission for UNESCO
General Information
English NameU.S. National Commission for UNESCO
French NameCommission nationale des Etats Unis. pour l'UNESCO

Department of State
2121 Virginia Avenue
Suite 6200
Washington DC 20037
United States of America

Phone(1.202) 663 0026
Fax(1.202) 663 0035
E-mailDCUNESCO@state.gov; wrightas@state.gov (SG)
National Commissions Web site on unesco.orghttp://www.state.gov/p/io/unesco/
Correspondence LanguageENGLISH
Office Holders
NameMs Allison Wright
TitleExecutive Director
StartedApril 2013

Date and Method of Creation 1946, (re-established on) October 20, 2004 (U.S.C. 287o et seq. and Federal Advisory Committee Act
Department attached toState Department
LegislationCharte of the US National Commission for UNESCO
Structure of the CommissionThe National Commission functions as a Federal Advisory Committee, providing expert advice to the U.S. Government on matters relating to UNESCO. It also functions as a liaison with organizations, institutions, and individuals in the United States interested in the work of UNESCO.
Members/CompositionThe National Commission comprises 100 members. The commissioners consist of 60 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and 40 “outstanding persons” (10 officials or employees of the United States Government, 15 representatives of the interests of state and local governments, 15 individuals at large). All members are appointed for a term of three years each, but no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms.
General AssemblyThe Commission meetd as necessary, but not less frequently than once per year. No quorum is required. All Commission meetings are open to the public.
Interaction with UNESCO and National Commissions