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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(Photo: CC / Blake Patterson)

From 11 to 15 October 2014, the International Council on Archives (ICA) will hold its Annual Conference in Girona. The UNESCO PERSIST project organises a workshop on digital preservation strategies as part of the activities of its technology task force.

At the World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, the UNESCO session was dedicated to the problem of selection in digital heritage. It is one of the challenging subjects within the PERSIST project, an initiative of UNESCO, ICA, IFLA and other partners, that tries to enhance the sustainability of digital information.

About half of Egypt’s 80 million people live in the Nile Delta region (Photo: CC / Camilo g.r.)

On the 22nd of September an expert meeting takes place in Rotterdam with the purpose of stimulating a critical reflection on delta governance. Wageningen University and Research Centre, UNESCO-IHE, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO organize the meeting prior to the international conference ‘Deltas in Times of Climate Change’.

Community representatives, non-governmental and governmental experts in Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten) are joining efforts to develop and implement a strategy for the safeguarding of their living heritage.

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 and preserve cultural heritage in emergency situations. Application closes September 22nd, 2014.


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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