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  • Standard-Setting Instruments

    When, cultural differences and traditions notwithstanding, States agree to common rules, they can draw up an international instrument: an agreement or convention, which are legally binding, a recommendation or a declaration.

    UNESCO participates in this effort through its standard-setting action, serving as a central forum for coordinating the ethical, normative and intellectual issues of our time, fostering multidisciplinary exchange and mutual understanding, working – where possible and desirable – towards universal agreements on these issues, defining benchmarks and mobilizing international opinion.

    This site lists each instrument by type and by UNESCO sector of activity. For each instrument you will find HTML versions of the texts in English and French, and links to PDF files from our official documents in the six official languages of UNESCO.

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    UNESCO Conventions Ceremony 15 Nov 2019 - 15 Nov 2019
    Event on the margins of the 40th session of the General Conference, Friday 15 November 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., UNESCO Headquarters. More


    Implementation of standard-setting instruments : General Monitoring (207 EX/23.I)
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    Implementation of the 1960 Convention and Recommendation against Discrimination in Education – Examination of the draft guidelines for the preparation of reports by Members States on the application of the Convention and Recommendation (207 EX/23.II)
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    Implementation of the 1993 Recommendation on the Recognition of Studies and Qualifications in Higher Education - Consolidated report of the implementation of the Recommendation (207 EX/23.III)
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    Implementation of the 2015 Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education – Consolidated report of the implementation of the Recommendation (207 EX/23.IV)
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    Implementation of the 2015 Recommendation concerning Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) - Consolidated report of the implementation of the Recommendation (207 EX/23.V)
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    Implementation of the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist - Consolidated report of the implementation of the Recommendation (207 EX/23.VI)
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    Protocol instituting a Conciliation and Good Offices Commission to be responsible for seeking the Settlement of any Disputes which may arise between States Parties to the Convention against Discrimination in Education: Nominations (207 EX/24)
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    Informe del Comité de Convenciones y Recomendaciones (206 EX/45)
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    Follow-up on previous reviews of the working methods, procedures and practices of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (206 EX/26)
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    Implementation of the 2003 Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace – Consolidated report on the implementation of the Recommendation (206 EX/25.VII)
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    Application de la Recommandation concernant la préservation et l'accessibilité du patrimoine documentaire, y compris le patrimoine numérique (2015) – Rapport de synthèse sur la mise en oeuvre de la Recommandation (206 EX/25.VI)
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    Implementation of the 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, including a glossary of definitions – Consolidated report on the implementation of the Recommendation (206 EX/25.V)
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    Implementation of the 2015 Recommendation concerning the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society – Consolidated report on the implementation of the Recommendation (206 EX/25.IV)
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    Implementation of the 1978 Revised Recommendation concerning the International Standardization of Educational Statistics (206 EX/25.III)
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    Application of the 1966 Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers (CEART) and the 1997 Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel (206 EX/25.II)
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    Implementation of standard-setting instruments - General Monitoring (206 EX/25.I) Annex
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    Implementation of standard-setting instruments - General Monitoring (206 EX/25.I)
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    Report of the Committee on Convention and Recommendations (205 EX/41)
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    Review of the working methods, procedures and practices of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations (205 EX/36)
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    Implementation of standard-setting instruments - General Monitoring (205 EX/19)
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    Implementation of standard-setting instruments (205 EX/19 - Annex)
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    Report of the Committee on Convention and Recommendations (204 EX/33)
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    Implementation of standard-setting instruments (204 EX/18 Parts I - VI)
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    Information Document on the CR Committee (204 EX/CR/2)
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    The Committee on Conventions and Recommendations - 2018 Edition
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    Basic Texts - 2018 Edition
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    The Executive Board of UNESCO - 2018 Edition
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    Comprehensive report by the Director-General on UNESCO's standard-setting instruments (39 C/INF.10)
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    UNESCO's procedure for the protection of human rights: the legislative history of the 104 EX/3.3 Procedure
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    Standard-setting in UNESCO
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    Framework Guidelines
    Adopted by the Executive Board at its 177th session (177 EX/Decision 35 II) and amended at its 196th session (196 EX/Decision 20) More
    Specific multi-stage procedure for the monitoring of the implementation of UNESCO conventions and recommendations for which no specific institutional mechanism is provided
    Adopted by the Executive Board at its 177th session (177 EX/Decision 35 I) and amended at its 196th session (196 EX/Decision 20) More
    Documents concerning the CR Committee since the 159th session of the Executive Board
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