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National Commissions: UNESCO
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Latin America and the Caribbean

Comisión Nacional Guatemalteca de Cooperación con la UNESCO
General Information
Spanish NameComisión Nacional Guatemalteca de Cooperación con la UNESCO

Unidad de Cooperación Nacional e Internacional del Ministerio de Educación (UCONIME)
6a. Calle 1-87 Zona 10,
Ministerio de Educacion

Mail AddressTout courrier envoyé à cette Commission Nationale doit être adressée à M. le Ministre : Sr. Rubén Alfonso Ramírez

Phone(502) 2411-9595, ext. 2108
National Commissions Web site on unesco.orghttp://www.mineduc.gob.gt
Correspondence LanguageESPAÑOL
Office Holders
NameExcmo. Sr. D. Oscar Hugo LÓPEZ RIVAS
StartedJanuary 2016

NameSra. Sara Peralta de Rodríguez
TitleSecretaria General
Election DateAvril 2016
Mandated duration
StartedApril 2016

Date and Method of Creation02 June 1950
StatusGovernmental (1 Ministry)
Department attached toMinistry of Education
Legislation DatesThe judicial text was accepted02/06/1950 and last revised 24/09/1954
Committees or Sub-CommitteesThe National Commission manages the unique UNESCO Club of the country, which is an active member of the FMACU.
Interaction with UNESCO and National Commissions
Activities of the National Commission
Activities in 2014
DescriptionDuring 2014 the Guatemalan National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO worked in closed cooperation with the UNESCO Field Office in Guatemala and with the government institutions related to the work of UNESCO specially, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and Sports, the National Secretariat for Science and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Guatemalan Permanent Delegation with UNESCO. (61)

This Technical Secretiat collaborated with the National Secretariat for Science and Technology, the Ministry of Social Development, the UNESCO Field Office in Guatemala, in the organization of the Summer School of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, that was held on 10-14 November, 2014, in the city of Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez. This MOST Summer School title was “Science and Social Transformation in Latin-American and the Caribbean. The role of the scientific knowledge in economic and social development of the XXI century. In this academic activity participated nine international students, from El Salvador, Costa Rica, México, Ecuador, Colombia, Perú and Chile; and 25 from Guatemala.

In 2014, the Technical Secretariat improved its communication with the government ministries working on areas related to key UNESCO themes, especially with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture. This last one mentioned through Licda. Rosa María Chan, Deputy Minister of Cultural and Natural Heritage. Several activities were worked together in the fields of world heritage, intangible heritage, Underwater Cultural Heritage, among others. (65)

This 2014 this Secretariat gave technical following to the entities, who presented proposals for the Participation Programme, held several meetings to support them in the development or improvement of those proposals. We had 2 approved projects: “First stage of the Regulatory/Master Plan of La Antigua Guatemala and Surrounding Areas” and “Inclusive education of youth, male & female, with disabilities in the formal education sector of Guatemala”. We are working closely with both Ministers, Culture and Education, in developing programming for the implementation thereof from January 2015. Also we gave technical assistance to the respective institutions to edited two more projects who will be reviewed at the Committee meeting in December. 110

For 2015 this Technical Secretariat has the challenge of creating its own virtual space, in order to use it for expanding the visibility of UNESCO and for the dissemination of the activities of the Organization, as awards, anniversaries, etc.39