Communication and knowledge sharing are at the core of UNESCO’s mission. With the rise of new communication technologies, Internet portals and websites have become increasingly important outreach channels. As a complement to the UNESCO Internet Portal (www.unesco.org), the websites of National Commissions for UNESCO and of Permanent Delegations to UNESCO can contribute significantly to the Organization’s global and local visibility. Their particular role is to provide access for national or regional audiences and communities to information about:
- the activities of National Commissions or Permanent Delegations;
- other UNESCO-related activities at the local, national and regional levels;
- UNESCO’s institutional missions and international activities that are of particular relevance to these audiences and communities.
The establishment by National Commissions and Permanent Delegations of their own websites is therefore strongly encouraged. However, the resources of the UNESCO Secretariat are not sufficient to provide individual technical or financial support for the websites of Member States. Furthermore, the UNESCO Secretariat cannot assume any legal or substantive responsibility for such websites.
Included in this Help Package is a set of advice and tips for National Commissions and Permanent Delegations on how to setup, register, host and manage their own Internet websites. The Help Package also aims to ensure a consistent quality of websites that are published in the name of UNESCO, as well as their conformity with the applicable standards and rules established by the Organization.
This site offers you a number of elements for the creation and maintainance of your website and represents the upgrading of the Master Website for National Commissions for UNESCO software.
It contains a series of helpful documents to facilitate the creation of a website, such as:
- Registration of domain names;
- Advice on your website content;
- How to use images for the website pages and information explaining how to contribute to the UNESCO Photo Library;
- A sample of texts describing UNESCO : UNESCO at a glance (pdf);
- Examples of websites of National Commissions for UNESCO;
and other information related to IT facilities, such as:
- Rules and procedures related to E-mail services provided by UNESCO to Permanent Delegations and Permanent Observer Missions to UNESCO;
- Reference documents (including the Directives concerning the use of the name, acronym, logo and Internet domain names of UNESCO and their application).