Category 2 Institutes and Centres linked to Communication and Information
UNESCO’s efforts to build knowledge societies are being complemented by the work undertaken by Category 2 Institutes and Centres. These entities which are normally funded by Member States carry out a plethora of activities which contribute to the achievement of UNESCO’s strategic programme objectives. They may conduct research, facilitate workshops, and facilitate the development of creative solutions for many of the development challenges facing countries around the world.
Requests for the establishment of these Institutes and Centres emanate from Member States. The Executive Board then examines the individual application alongside a feasibility study, before forwarding recommendations to the General Conference which has the final say. Though they are not legally part of the Organization, the Institutes and Centres are associated with UNESCO through formal arrangements. To date, UNESCO has given Category 2 status to over 80 entities, including the following Centres which are linked to the Communication and Information Sector:
- ISSN International Centre for the Registration of Serial Publications (ISSN), Paris, France
- Regional Centre for the Information and Communication Technology (CICT), Manama, Bahrain
- Regional Centre of Studies for the Development of the Information Society, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- IZUM-Regional Centre for Library Information Systems and Current Research Information Systems, Maribor, Slovenia