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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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.

Digital preservation has been hotly debated for a long time already, but the selection of digital heritage seems to be a somewhat neglected subject. In order to set up selection guidelines the UNESCO-PERSIST project asks heritage institutions to share their good practices and existing strategies.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova paid homage to the 12 victims of the savage attack against the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, in the heart of Paris. “The unprecedented and horrifying attack is a tragic reminder to us all that the right to freedom of expression is fragile, and that those who defend it may pay the ultimate price for doing so”.

(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.

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