The Executive Board in brief

  • The Executive Board is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO (the others being the General Conference and the Secretariat).
  • It is elected by the General Conference.
  • Acting under the authority of the General Conference the Board examines the programme of work for the Organization and corresponding budget estimates submitted to it by the Director-General.
  • It consists of 58 Member States, each with a four-year term of office.
  • It meets twice a year except for the General Conference year, when it meets additionally after the General Conference has finished.

Non-Member States of the Board, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and movements are invited as observers.