Mandate and functions

What is the Executive Board?

  • The Executive Board is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO (the others being the General Conference and the Secretariat) and 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.

What are the functions of the Executive Board?

The EX Board represents the General Conference, exercises the powers delegated to it, and deals with the questions with which it is entrusted. In particular, the EX Board:

  • prepares the agenda of the General Conference and examines the programme of work for UNESCO and corresponding budget estimates submitted to it by the Director-General. It submits them to the General Conference with its recommendations (Const. Article V. B. 6a)
  • makes recommendations on the admission of new States that are not members of the United Nations (Const. Article II.2)
  • makes recommendations to the General Conference vis-à-vis the appointment of the Director General (Const. Article IV.7)
  • is responsible for the execution of the programme adopted by the General Conference and, in this connection, considers the reports on activities of the Organization submitted by the Director-General (Const. Article V.B.6.b, V.B.10)
  • summons extraordinary sessions of the General Conference (Const. Article IV.D.9)
  • summons international and non-governmental conferences on education, the sciences and humanities or the dissemination of knowledge, in accordance with regulations adopted by the General Conference (Const. Article IV.B.3)

What is the role of the President of the General Conference in the Executive Board ?

The President of the General Conference sits ex officio in an advisory capacity on the Executive Board (Ex. Board, Rules of Proc., rule 9.1)

What is the role of the Director-General in the Executive Board?

The Director-General or his representative participates, without the right to vote, in all meetings of the EXB, its organs and its Bureau. He may formulate proposals for appropriate actions of the Board and make either oral or written statements concerning any question under consideration (Ex. Board, Rules of Proc., rule 19)

At the Plenary, the Director-General

  • reports on the execution of the programme adopted by the General Conference
  • reports on the follow-up of decisions and resolutions adopted by EXB and General Conference at previous sessions
  • presents proposals for the draft programme and budget.

 

 

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