UNESCO’s General Conference taking place in Paris from 9 to 24 November, marks the 75th anniversary of the Organization (12 November). During the General Conference, UNESCO’s 193 Member States are expected to take landmark decision, including the adoption of global recommendations: one on the ethics of artificial intelligence, another on open science. During the event, UNESCO will also publish the new World Futures of Education Report and host a Global Education Meeting (10 November).


Accreditation is required for access UNESCO’s Headquarters throughout the General Conference. Application should be made as soon as possible here.

Accessing Headquarters

Access to the building will be open at 125, Avenue de Suffren, 75007, Paris. Early arrival, at least 45 minutes before the start of events, is strongly recommended.

Room I 41General Conference

8 November, 6 to 8 pm: Press opening of the 75th anniversary exhibition: “The Adventure of UNESCO”

    • Featuring archival images and period documents, the exhibition will be the largest retrospective ever produced on the history of the Organization, its actions and major stages in its history. The opening is reserved for members of the press
    • Badges and press kits for the entire General Conference will be available to accredited journalists in attendance.
    • Entrance to the exhibition opening: 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris.
UNESCO HQ with flags
  • 9 November :
    • Late morning: Election of the President of the General Conference
    • 3 pm: Election of the Director-General of UNESCO
    • Opening of general policy debate, plenary session
UNESCO Headquarters - Room I

10 November, 1.30 to 6 pm

12 November from 4 pm:

  • Official ceremony celebrating the 75th anniversary of UNESCO with the participation of numerous Heads of State and Government, as well as international artists. More information here.
  • Access to the Plenary Hall will be limited to respect sanitary gauges and security, additional accreditation will be required to access the ceremony (request accreditation here).
  • The entire ceremony will be streamed to a second room and to the press room for the benefit of all reporters present.
  • UNESCO will make images of the ceremony available and a press pool will be set up. More information to follow.

17 November, 1 to 5 pm:

  • Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme in the presence of celebrated British primatologist Jane Goodall and Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.

22 November, 3 pm :

  • Investiture of the Director-General
  • 24 November, 10 am : Plenary session
    • Decision on the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, aiming to establish an ethical foundation for the development of artificial intelligence at the global level.
    • Decision on the Recommendation on Open Science, to facilitate international cooperation and universal access to scientific knowledge.
UNESCO Headquarters