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.


2013 Annual Report, Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO

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Training for cultural heritage professionals in regions of natural disasters and/or armed conflicts (Photo: ICCROM)

From 30 March till 24 April 2015 the four week course ‘First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis’ is being held in The Netherlands. The Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO together with ICCROM and The Smithsonian Institution organize the course to equip participants with necessary skills and knowledge to help protect en preserve cultural heritage in emergency situations.

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO decided to grant the Van Nellefabriek (Van Nelle Factory) in Rotterdam the World Heritage Status. It is a global recognition of the outstanding universal value of the former coffee, tea and tobacco factory, built in a modernist style in the 1920’s.

The ‘UNESCO Chair in Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Development Supported by ICTs’ at the Open University has recently been extended by UNESCO for four years. The new chair holder is Professor Paquita Perez Salgado.


PERSIST aims to stimulate the discussion on digital preservation between heritage institutions, government and ICT-industry. At the 80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Persist has organised a session on the problem of selection of digital heritage.

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Onderzoek naar Torah-rollen, Frankfurt, juli 1945. NARA/Public Domain

The Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO announces a call for photos for an open air photo exhibition on heritage protection in times of conflict. The exhibition will be shown at the Lange Vijverberg in the city centre of The Hague, as part of the 60th anniversary of the UNESCO 1954 Hague Convention for the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict.

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