The English section of this website displays a selection of articles that reflect Dutch UNESCO-related activities.

The Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO was established in 1947. The National Commission has a maximum of eleven members, all of whom are experts in one or more of UNESCO's fields of interest. The Commission is supported by a small secretariat. The Commission is part of a large worldwide network of nearly 200 National Commissions, all fulfilling similar roles. UNESCO is the only United Nations organisation with a network of this kind.

Every two years Commission provides a working programme based on the programmes and policy cycle of UNESCO and the added value that UNESCO can provide to the Netherlands in certain areas and vice versa, and the relevance of themes to policy, society and professional organisations in the Netherlands. The Commission also seeks to collaborate with relevant partners at both national and international level.


2014 Annual Report, Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO

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The annual conference of the International federation of Library Associations and Institutions will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. Every year this conference is host to a UNESCO session, which this time will be devoted to developing Guidelines for the Selection of Digital Heritage.

Recently the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO organised an expert meeting about cultural heritage and its role in promoting social cohesion and inclusive societies. Much research has been done on this issue. However, the findings are often absent from the political debate.

Fishermen unloading their catch to the local fish market in the Mekong Delta. (Photo: CC/Esin Üstün)

The Hague Institute for Global Justice has published a new policy brief on adaptive delta governance. Based on an analysis of the challenges in three deltas, the brief provides recommendations for dealing with the uncertainties of the impacts of climate change, on closing the innovation gap between science, policy and society, and on facilitating effective stakeholder participation, learning and integration.

PERSIST expert meeting in Paris. (Photo: UNESCO)

On 20 and 21 April 2015 UNESCO convened a consultative meeting on digital sustainability jointly with the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO. A report.

The hands-on training is focused on teaching practical skills (Photo: ICCROM)

March 30 marks the start of the fourth edition of the international training course on the protection of cultural heritage in times of armed conflict or disaster. Twenty-two heritage professionals from all over the world will acquire the necessary skills that enable them to save and protect heritage before, during and after a crisis situation.

Maria Barbosa (Photo: NIAS)

Maria Barbosa has been awarded a Dutch L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship in 2014. One part of the fellowship is a three month stay at the NIAS Campus in Wassenaar. In this article she reflects on her stay at the institute.

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