UNESCO Instruments

Mobile school in Ethiopia

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Mobile school in Ethiopia

UNESCO monitors the implementation of its standard-setting instruments in order to bring them into broader use, with support of Member States as prime movers, international organizations, decision-makers, teachers, the intellectual community and all civil society stakeholders.

Examination of periodic reports: UNESCO’s Constitution provides that “Each Member State shall submit to the Organization, at such time and in such manner as shall be determined by the General Conference, reports on laws, regulations and statistics relating to its educational, scientific and cultural institutions and activities, and on the action taken upon the recommendations and conventions (….)” (Articles VI (4) and VIII).

The periodic reports submitted by States have the effect of informing the Organization and all the States of the international community of the measures they have taken to fulfil their obligations under the instruments. 


The Committee on Conventions and Recommendations

This Committee examines the outcome of periodic consultations of Member States conducted by UNESCO.  Follow up is given to decisions accordingly adopted by UNESCO’s Governing Bodies – Executive Board and the General Conference. Currently, CR is entrusted with two tasks:

  • to consider all questions relating to the implementation of UNESCO's standard-setting instruments entrusted to it by the Executive Board
  • to examine communications relating to cases and questions concerning the exercise of human rights in UNESCO's field of competence.
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