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National Commissions: UNESCO
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Israel National Commission for UNESCO
General Information
English NameIsrael National Commission for UNESCO

Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
2, Dvora Ha'nevia Street
Jerusalem 91911

Phone(972.2) 560 37 46;
(972.2) 560 37 47
Fax(972.2) 560 37 45

National Commissions Web site on unesco.orghttp://www.education.gov.il/unesco
Correspondence LanguageENGLISH
Office Holders
NameMr Naftali Bennett
StartedMay 2015

NameDr Dalit Atrakchi
StartedMarch 2013

Date and Method of CreationSeptember 1949
StatusGovernmental (1 Ministry)
Legislation DatesThe judicial text was accepted26/06/1952 and last revised 01/01/1991
LegislationThe Statutes of the Commission were approved by the Government in 1952 and modified in 1991 (they are available in Hebrew).
Documentation CentreThe Documentation Centre of the Commission exclusively holds UNESCO publications. It is not computerized nor administered by a trained documentalist. Mostly academics use the Centre.
Structure of the CommissionThe National Commission consists of the following bodies:
- General Assembly (Commission),
- Committee
Members/CompositionThe membership of the Commission is composed of 44 members : Government representatives (9), Experts from UNESCO fields of interest, authorities and/non-Proffit organization (NGOs) representatives (35).
The Commission has a boad which meets one a year. Its main task is to approve the bi-annual working plan - objectivess and budget; to nominate new Chairpersons and members to Committees.
Executive CommitteeThe Steering Committee: 14 members composed of all chairpersons of major committees - ED/SCI/CLT/EFA/WH/SHS. The Secretary-General is the coordinator of the Steering Committe. Their main task is to provide guidelines or the secretariat to implement the programme. It is a consultative, as well as decision-making body. It meets three/four times a year.
Committees or Sub-CommitteesThe Commission has thematic committees::
- Education : high ereducation, /elementary/secondary education, ASPnet
- Science: IOC, MAB, MOST, IHP, IGCP, Science for Peace
- Culture: ICOM, Music, Art
- Information for all
- World Heritage
- Social and Human Sciences (Gender, Bioethics, Most)
Committees/Sub-Committees Details
Number of Committees or Sub-Committees6
Sub-committee Topics[X] Education
[X] Science
[X] Social Sciences
[X] Culture
[X] Communication
[X] Other
Interaction with UNESCO and National Commissions
OverviewThe Israel Commission cooperates with the National Commissions of Germany, Poland, Austri, France, Uzbekistan as well as with the Committee of the Palestinian Authority for UNESCO. It also has collaborated with the UNESCO Field Office in Venice (ROSTE) and Amman.