Overview of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels

On 16th of February 2011, UNESCO opened a Liaison Office in Brussels in order to develop close coordination and cooperation with the European Union institutions and to strengthen the visibility of the Organisation and its actions in the European landscape.

UNESCO and the European Union cooperate in many areas since 1996, with the signature of a framework agreement that harmonized their administrative and financial procedures. This document was amended in February 2004, when a new agreement between UNESCO and the European Commission was established, which allowed UNESCO to accede to the Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement (FAFA) concluded between the UN and the European Commission in 2003.

The next step of this cooperation process is for UNESCO and the EU to become strategic partners, by elaborating common strategies about shared priorities and joining forces in areas of mutual interest.

The UNESCO office in Brussels will play thus a key role in bringing closer UNESCO and the EU, in identifying common areas of actions and informing headquarters on the EU’s policies and decisions.

The Office works also in cooperation with the other UN bodies present in Brussels, the World Customs Organisation and NATO.

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