Category 2 Institutes and Centres
UNESCO has designated 81 International and Regional Institutes and Centres as Category 2 Institutes and Centres, under the auspices of UNESCO.
These Institutes and Centres are not legally part of the Organization, but are associated with it through formal arrangements approved by the General Conference.They contribute to the achievement of UNESCO’s strategic programme objectives and sectoral or intersectoral programme priorities and themes.
List of Category 2 Institutes and Centres according to Sectors and Central Services, as approved by UNESCO's General Conference:
- Natural Sciences
- Social and Human Sciences
- Communication and Information
- Bureau of Strategic Planning
During the 35th session of UNESCO’s General Conference, held from 6-23 October 2009, UNESCO’s Member States adopted a new integrated comprehensive strategy for category 2 institutes and centres in 35 C/Resolution 103.
This integrated comprehensive strategy, as well as the guidelines concerning the creation of institutes and centres under the auspices of UNESCO (category 2,) and a model agreement between UNESCO and a Member State concerned, are contained in 35 C/22.
Further to this global strategy, all UNESCO programme sectors have also developed their own specific sector strategies on their engagement and interaction with relevant category 2 centres and institutes on specific themes.