Authorizing the use of UNESCO’s name and logo

  • Authorizing the use of the name and logo of UNESCO is the prerogative of the General Conference and the Executive Board of UNESCO.
  • The governing bodies empower, by delegation, the Director-General and the National Commissions for UNESCO to authorize such use to other bodies. No other entity has the authority to grant the use of UNESCO’s name and logo.
  • In specific cases, the Director-General of UNESCO delegates his authority to grant the use of UNESCO’s name and logo to the Assistant Director-Generals of the relevant programme.
  • The National Commission of UNESCO Member States can authorize:
    • the use of a linked logo which is composed of the UNESCO logo block and the name and logo of the National Commission in cases where National Commissions support national activities;
    • the use of the UNESCO logo block by national committees or coordinating bodies of intergovernmental programmes (eg: biosphere reserves, programme networks such as UNESCO Associated Schools or Chairs, the movement of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations).
  • The form of a linked logo which specifies the identity of the programme, network or movement concerned must comply with the specific conditions and regulations of the programme, network or movement.
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