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- Patronage is UNESCO’s highest form of support. It is granted to demostrate the Organization’s moral endorsement of an exceptional activity. However, UNESCO is neither financially nor legally responsible.
- UNESCO’s patronage may be granted to a range of activities, such as producing cinematographic and audiovisual works, publishing books, organizing congresses, meetings and conferences, awarding prizes, and other national and international events.
- Patronage must be limited in time. It may be granted to one-off or regularly repeated activities. In the latter case, a new request for authorization is required for each repeated activity.
- Patronage cannot be granted to:
- permanent activities
- There are two levels for UNESCO’s patronage:
- Patronage granted by the National Commissions for UNESCO for activities of national scope;
- Patronage granted by the UNESCO Secretariat for activities of significant international or regional scope.
- The use of UNESCO's name and logo in the framework of patronage is strictly under the General conditions in connection with patronage.
- In order to deal with requests for the use of UNESCO’s name and logo effectively, UNESCO has appointed a member of staff in each of its programme sectors to act as a Focal Point to coordinate the use of the name and logo and to act as your point of contact.
- There are seven steps to requesting the use of UNESCO’s name and logo under patronage.