Directory of National Commissions for UNESCO

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Albania


Commission nationale albanaise pour l' UNESCO

President

Ms Besa Shahini

January 2019

Secretary-General

Mr Sokol Gjoka

February 2017



Andorra


Comissió Nacional Andorrana per a la UNESCO

President

M. Joseph DALLERÈS CODINA

June 2016

Secrétaire général

M. Jean-Michel Armengol Petit

April 1998



Armenia


Armenian National Commission for UNESCO

President

Mr Zohrab Mnatsakanian*

May 2018

Secretary-General a.i.

Mrs. Lena TERZIKYAN

June 2019



Austria


Austrian Commission for UNESCO

President

Dr. Sabine Haag

February 2018

Secretary-General

Ms Patrizia Jankovic

August 2019



Azerbaijan


National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for UNESCO

Chairperson

Mr Elmar Mammadyarov*

December 2000

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Secretary-General

Mr Elnur Sultanov

May 2017



Belarus


Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO

President

Mr Vladimir Makei*

August 2013

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Belgium


Commissions belges pour l'UNESCO

Président de la Commission flamande pour l’UNESCO

Prof. Marc Vervenne

June 2010

Président de la Commission belge francophone et germanophone pour l’UNESCO

M. Philippe Busquin

May 2008

Secrétaire général de la Commission belge francophone et germanophone pour l’UNESCO

M. Marien Faure

May 2008

Secrétaire général de la Commission flamande pour l’UNESCO

M. Lukas Van Damme

July 2018



Bosnia and Herzegovina


National Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina for UNESCO

President

Mr Adil Osmanovic*

January 2016

Secretary-General

Ms Biljana Camur Veselinovic

January 2016



Bulgaria


Commission nationale de la République de Bulgarie pour l'UNESCO

President

Mr Yuri Shterk*

June 2017

Vice President

Ms Maria Spasova

November 2015

Secretary-General

Mr Hristo Georgiev

January 2019



Canada


Canadian Commission for UNESCO

President

Liette Vasseur

June 2018

Professor in the School of Architecture
Vice-President

Ms. Mireille Apollon

September 2018

Secretary-General

Mr Sébastien Goupil

August 2016



Croatia


Croatian Commission for UNESCO

President

Mr Radoslav Tomić

March 2015

Deputy President

Kresimir Nemec

December 2004

Secretary-General

Ms Rut Carek

July 2004



Cyprus


Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO

President

Ms Loukia Hadjigavriel

March 2006

Secretary-General

Mr Pavlos Paraskevas

November 2009



Czechia


Czech Commission for UNESCO (Ceska Komise pro UNESCO)

President

Prof Stanislav Stech

February 2017

Minister of Education
Secrétaire générale

René Zelený

October 2018



Denmark


The Danish National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Mr Bo Manderup-Jensen

September 2016

Secretary-General

Ms Anna Enemark

August 2018



Estonia


Estonian National Commission for UNESCO (UNESCO Eesti Rahvuslik Komisjon)

Chairperson

Dr Kristin Kuutma

February 2008

Secretary-General

Ms Kerli Gutman

January 2012



Finland


Finnish National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Ms. Henna VIRKKUNEN

January 2019

former Minister of Education and Science
Vice-Chair

Mr. Kaius NIEMI

January 2019

Secretary-General

Ms Zabrina Holmström

September 1995

Counsellor and Deputy Director for International Relations of the Ministry of Education and Culture.


France


Commission nationale française pour l'UNESCO

Président

M. Yves SAINT-GEOURS

March 2019

Vice-présidente

Mme Mercedes ERRA

December 2014

Secrétaire général

M. Alexandre NAVARRO

January 2018



Georgia


Georgian National Commission for UNESCO

President

Mr David Zalkaliani*

June 2018

Vice-President

Ms Khatuna Tatladze

September 2015

Secretary-General

Ms Ketevan Kandelaki

May 2006



Germany


German Commission for UNESCO

President

Ms Prof Dr Maria Böhmer

June 2018

Vice-President

Prof. Dr. Christoph Wulf

November 2014

Secretary-General

Mr Roland Bernecker

December 2004



Greece


Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO

President

Ms Ekaterini Tzitzikosta

October 2004

Vice Chairperson

Ms Theano Demesticha

October 2004



Hungary


Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO

President

Dr Miklós Réthelyi

June 2012

Secretary-General

Dr Gábor Soós

April 2016



Iceland


Icelandic National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Ms Saeunn Stefánsdóttir

March 2019

Secretary-General

Ms Áslaug Dóra Eyjólfsdóttir

May 2012

counsellor


Ireland


Irish National Commission for UNESCO

Co-ordinator of National Commission

Ms Roseann Gilligan

April 2016



Italy


Commission nationale italienne pour l'UNESCO

President

Mr Franco Bernabè

April 2016

Secretary-General

Mr Enrico Vicenti

April 2016



Latvia


Latvian National Commission for UNESCO

President

Mr Nauris Puntulis

August 2019

Minister of Culture
Vice President

Mr Kārlis Šadurskis

December 2016

Minister of Education and Science
Vice President

Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Secretary-General

Ms Baiba Moļņika

September 2016



Lithuania


Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Prof. Dr. Jonas Ruškus

March 2018

Secretary-General

Ms Asta Junevičiené

August 2015



Luxembourg


Commission nationale du Luxembourg pour la coopération avec l'UNESCO

Présidente

Madame Simone BECK

September 2015

Secrétaire général

Madame Catherine DECKER

September 2015



Malta


Maltese National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Dr Raymond Bondin

November 2017

Executive Secretary

Mr Philip Cassar

October 2014



Monaco


Commission nationale monégasque pour l'UNESCO

Présidente

Mme Geneviève Vatrican

May 2012

Vice-Président

Mgr. Bernard Barsi

November 2006

Secrétaire général

M. Jean-Charles Curau

 



Montenegro


Commission nationale du Monténégro pour l'UNESCO

President

Mr Branislav Micunovic

May 2008

Secretary-General

Ms Milica Nikolic

January 2017



Netherlands


Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson

Ms Kathleen Ferrier

September 2019

Secretary-General

Ms Marielies Schelhaas

August 2015



North Macedonia


National Commission for UNESCO of the Republic of North Macedonia

President

Mr Robert Alagjozovski*

June 2017

Minister of Culture
Secretary-General

Ms. Biljana Prentoska, MA

May 2018



Norway


Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO

President

Ms Tora Aasland

January 2013

County Governor of Rogaland
Vice President

Mr Espen Hernes

January 2018

Secretary-General

Ms Tanja Kristine Hegge

September 2012



Poland


Commission nationale polonaise pour l'UNESCO

President

Prof. Jacek Purchla

July 2015

Secretary-General

Mr Slawomir Ratajski

March 2007



Portugal


Commission nationale portugaise pour l'UNESCO

President

H.E. Amb. José Filipe Moraes Cabral

February 2018

Secretary-General

Ms Rita Brasil de Brito

May 2013



Republic of Moldova


Commission nationale de la République de Moldova pour l'UNESCO

President

Ms Monica Babuc*

May 2013

Minister of Culture
Secretary-General

Prof. Constantin Rusnac

October 1993



Romania


Commission nationale de Roumanie pour l'UNESCO

President

Ms Ecaterina Andronescu*

December 2018

Minister of Education
Secretary-General

Mr Ani Matei

April 2011



Russian Federation


Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO

President

Mr Sergei Lavrov*

April 2004

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Vice-Chairperson

Mr Vladimir E. Fortov

 2004

Secretary-General

Mr Grigory Ordzhonikidze

 2003



San Marino


Commission nationale de Saint-Marin pour l'UNESCO

Présidente

Mme Martina Bollini

May 2019

Secrétaire générale

Madame Patrizia De Luca

February 2017



Serbia


Commission of the Republic of Serbia for UNESCO

President

Prof. Dr. Goran Milasinovic

April 2015

Secretary-General

Ms Aleksandra Kovač

January 2019



Slovakia


Slovak Commission for UNESCO

President

Mr Miroslav Lajčák*

October 2016

Secretary-General

Mrs. Viera Grigová

July 2019



Slovenia


Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO

President

Prof. Dr. Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik

May 2011

Secretary-General

Ms Marjutka Hafner

November 2006



Spain


Comisión Nacional Española de Cooperación con la UNESCO

Secretary-General

Ms Belén Llera Cermeño

April 2019



Sweden


Swedish National Commission for UNESCO (Svenska Unescorådet )

Chairperson

Ms Lena Sommestad

February 2018

Vice Chairperson

Mr Niclas Lindberg

February 2018

Secretary-General

Mr Mats Djurberg

June 2010



Switzerland


Commission suisse pour l'UNESCO

Président

M Jean-Bernard Münch

January 2012

Secrétaire général

M Nicolas Mathieu

January 2012



Turkey


Turkish National Commission for UNESCO

President

Prof. Dr. M. Öcal Oğuz

September 2011

Vice President

Ambassador Ms. Deniz Çakar

May 2018

Vice President

Assist. Prof. Dr. M. Akif Kireçci

May 2014

Secretary-General

Ms. Sema Dinçer

December 2012



Ukraine


National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO

Chairperson

Mr Sergiy Kyslytsya

January 2015

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Executive Secretary

Ms Natalia Shakuro

April 2019



United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson / President

Professor Colin McInnes.

April 2019

Vice Chairperson

Professor Kiran Fernandes

January 2018

Secretary-General and Chief Executive

Mr James Bridge

October 2011

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