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Afghanistan


Afghan National Commission for UNESCO

Président honoraire

Dr Assadullah Hanif Balkhi

July 2015

Minister of Education
Secretary-General

Mr Mohammad Shakir Habibyar

May 2016



Australia


Australian National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Ms Kylie Walker

October 2017

Secretary General

Ms Sue Moore

June 2018



Bangladesh


Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Dr. Dipu Moni, M.P

January 2019

Minister of Education
Secretary General

Mr. Md Sohorab Hossain

December 2015



Bhutan


Bhutan National Commission for UNESCO

Minister of Education

H.E. Mr Jai Bir Rai

February 2019

Minister of Education
Secretary-General

Mr Karma Yeshey

July 2016



Brunei Darussalam


Brunei Darussalam National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Hon. Dato Hamzah Sulaiman

February 2019

Secretary-General

Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati Haji Tajuddin

February 2019



Cambodia


Commission nationale du Cambodge pour l'UNESCO

Chairperson

H.E. Ms Dr. Phoeurng Sackona

January 2019

Secretary-General

M. LIM Bunhok

March 2019



China


National Commission of the People's Republic of China for UNESCO

Chair

Mr Tian Xuejun

March 2017

Secretary-General

Mr. Qin Changwei

May 2018



Cook Islands


Cook Islands National Commission for UNESCO

Chair

Mr Henry Tuakeu Puna

October 2015

Secretary General (acting)

Ms Danielle Cochrane

December 2017



Democratic People's Republic of Korea


National Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for UNESCO

President

Mr Pak Myong Guk

December 2016

Secretary-General

Mr KIM Chang Min

May 2015

Director--General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Fiji


Fiji National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar

December 2018

Permanent secretary

Ms. Alison Burchell

March 2018



India


Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO

Minister of Human Resource Development

H.E. Shri Prakash Javadekar

July 2016

Secretary-General

Mr. R. Subrahmanyam

December 2018



Indonesia


Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy

July 2016

Minister of Education and Culture
Executive Chairman

Prof. Dr. H. Arief Rachman

February 2002



Iran (Islamic Republic of)


Iranian National Commission for UNESCO

President

Dr Mansour Gholami

October 2017

Minister of Science


Japan


Japanese National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Mr Yuichiro Anzai

December 2013

Secretary-General

Ms Mami OYAMA

October 2018



Kazakhstan


Kazakhstan National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Mr Arystanbek Mukhamediuly

May 2014

Minister of Culture
Secretary-General

Mrs Dinara Izanova

January 2018



Kiribati


Kiribati National Commission for UNESCO

Chair

Hon. Mr David Collins

June 2017

Permanent Secretary

Ms Bwakura Metutera Timeon

July 2018



Kyrgyzstan


National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO

Secretary-General

Ms Sabira Soltongeldieva

February 2017



Lao People's Democratic Republic


Commission nationale lao pour l'UNESCO

Minister of Education and Sports, President of the National Commission of Laos for UNESCO

Ms Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun

June 2016

Secretary-General

Mr. Somboun Masouvanh

March 2012



Malaysia


Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Hon. Dr. Maszlee bin Malik

May 2018

Vice Chairperson

Dato’ Dr. Mohd Gazali bin Abas

May 2018

Secretary-General

Mr Mohammad Sanusi bin Abdul Karim

March 2019



Maldives


Maldives National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Dr Aishath Ali

January 2018

Secretary-General

Mr Ahmed Mausoom

January 2018



Marshall Islands


Marshall Islands National Commission for UNESCO

Chair

Hon. Wilbur Heine

May 2016

Deputy Minister of Education
Secretary General

Ms Evelyn Konou

May 2016



Micronesia (Federated States of)


National Commission for UNESCO of the Federated States of Micronesia

Chairman

Mr Wayne Mendiola

January 2014

Secretary General

Mr Augustine Kohler

January 2014



Mongolia


Commission nationale de la Mongolie pour l'UNESCO

Chairperson

Mr Tsogtbaatar Damdin

October 2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Secretary-General

Ms Uyanga Sukhbaatar

September 2016



Myanmar


Myanmar National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Dr. Myo Thein Gyi

October 2016

Deputy Minister of Education
Secretary General

Dr Kyi Shwin

October 2016

Rector


Nauru


Nauru National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Honourable Charmaine Scotty, M.P.

September 2014

Minister of Education
Secretary-General

Mrs Jerielyn Teleni

February 2011



Nepal


Nepal National Commission for UNESCO

Chairman

Honorable Giriraj Mani Pokharel (Mr)

March 2018

Secretary-General

Mr. Mahesh Prasad Dahal

September 2019



New Zealand


New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Ms Robyn Baker

December 2016

Secretary-General

Ms Vicki Soanes

December 2016



Niue


Niue National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Hon. Pokota Ikiua Lalotoa Sipeli *

February 2012

Minister of Education
Interim Secretary General

Ms Birtha Togahai

January 2014



Pakistan


Pakistan National Commission for UNESCO

Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training and Chairperson of the National Commission for UNESCO

Mr Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman

October 2014

Minister of State for Education
Secretary General

Mr Iftikhar Ahmad Babar

January 2018



Palau


National Commission of the Republic of Palau for UNESCO

Chairperson

Hon. Baklai Temengil

October 2013

Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs
Secretary-General

Mr Andrew Tabelual

December 2014

Director, Bureau of Education Administration, Ministry of Education of Palau


Papua New Guinea


Papua New Guinea National Commission for UNESCO

Chaiperson

Mr Nick Kuman*

February 2014

Minister of Education
Secretary General

Mr Wesley J. Lakain

February 2017



Philippines


UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines

Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Chairperson of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines

Hon. ALAN PETER CAYETANO

March 2017

Secretary-General of the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO

LILA RAMOS SHAHANI

October 2016



Republic of Korea


Korean National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Ms Yoo Eun-hye

June 2019

Secretary-General

Mr Kwangho KIM

December 2016



Samoa


Samoa National Commission for UNESCO

Chair

Hon. Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio

May 2016

Minister of Education
Secretary-General

Mrs Karoline Afamasaga-Fuatai

May 2016

Chief Executive Officer


Singapore


Singapore National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Ms Grace Fu

October 2015

Secretary-General

Mrs Rosa Daniel

April 2014

Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth


Solomon Islands


Solomon Islands National Commission for UNESCO

Chair

Hon. Mr. John Moffat Fugui

May 2016

Secretary-General

Dr Franco Rodie

May 2016



Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO

Chairman

Hon Akila Viraj Kariyawasam*

January 2015

Minister of Education
Vice-Chairman

Mr Sunil Hettiaarachchi

January 2017

Secretary-General

Mr Premalal Ratnaweera

June 2018



Tajikistan


Tajikistan National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Mr Shamsiddin Orumbekzoda

September 2014

Minister of Culture
Secretary General

Ms Zulfiya Butaeva

January 2018



Thailand


Thailand National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

H.E. Mr Nataphol Teepsuwan

August 2019

Vice Chairperson

Mr Karoon Skoonpradit

August 2019

Secretary-General

Ms Duriya Amatavivat

August 2019



Timor-Leste


Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Mr Fernando Hanjam

March 2018

OIC Executive Secretary

Mr. Francisco Barreto

September 2019



Tonga


Tonga National Commission for UNESCO

Chair

Hon. (Mr) Penisimani Epenisa Fifita

February 2017

Minister of Education


Turkmenistan


Turkmen National Commission for UNESCO

President

Mr Sapardurdy Toylyev

December 2011

Secretary-General

Mr Poladov Kouvandyk

February 1997



Tuvalu


Tuvalu National Commission for UNESCO

Chair

Hon. Mr. Fauoa Maani

May 2016

Co-Chair

Mr Talavai Iona

May 2017

Secretary-General

Ms Kaai Fanoiga

September 2019



Uzbekistan


National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO

Chairperson

Mr. Aziz Abdukhakimov

May 2018

Secretary-General

Mr Alisher Ikramov

December 1994

Representative of Uzbekistan on the Executive Board of UNESCO


Vanuatu


Vanuatu National Commission for UNESCO

Chair

Hon. Jean Pierre Nirua

May 2016

Secretary-General

Mr Iati Bergmans

September 2019



Viet Nam


Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO

President

H.E.Mr Le Hoai Trung

November 2014

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Secretary-General

H.E. Mr MAI Phan Dung

July 2018

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