The Permanent Delegations to UNESCO ensure liaison between Member States' Governments and the Organizationís Secretariat.
At present, 183 Member States have established Permanent Delegations to UNESCO. In addition, there are 3 Permanent Observers and 10 intergovernmental organizations with Permanent Observer Missions to UNESCO.
The Permanent Delegations are headed by a person having diplomatic status (generally with the rank of ambassador). When a Permanent Delegate is appointed to the Organization, the appointment is the subject of an official communication addressed to the Director-General of the Organization.
Broad consultations are held regularly with the Permanent Delegations on important matters concerning the Organization's functioning and its activities.