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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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.

On January the 30th, the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO organised a workshop on UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Programme. Representatives of Dutch nature areas, NGOs, relevant institutions and ministries exchanged information with international experts on the merits of the programme. A Report.

On 23 January 2014, the Flemish and Dutch National Commissions for UNESCO met in Brussels. The main objective of this meeting was to strengthen the cooperation between both Commissions. Joint activities have been evaluated and a number of attractive and innovative new actions have been identified for joint projects.

In December of 2013 the ICT industry, governments and heritage institutions discussed collaboration in the field of digital preservation. Carriers like CD-ROMs have a short life span, and there is the risk that current or future hard- and software cannot process the old data. Heritage institutions are acutely aware of these problems, yet they cannot find solutions on their own.

Following numerous requests for information regarding the Exhibition, ‘People, Book, Land – The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People to the Holy Land’, UNESCO wishes to reaffirm that the exhibition has not been cancelled but postponed.

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