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

News & backgrounds

The PERSIST Content Task Force participated with the workshop ‘Demand driven selection for long term preservation of born digital cultural heritage’, at this year's Digital Heritage Conference held in Granada, Spain.

University of Edinburgh (Photo: CC/Flickr.com | Michael Sean Gallagher)

Recently Edina and the ISSN International jointly organised a Keepers Extra conference and workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland (7-8 September 2015) under the title: ‘Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving’. A short report.

From May 23 - June 24, 2016 a new edition of the international training ‘First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis’ will be held in Washington DC, USA. The four-week course imparts practical skills and knowledge for taking simple measures to secure and stabilize endangered cultural heritage during complex emergency situations.

Temple of Bel, Palmyra. (Photo: cc/flickr.com Paul Stocker)

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, expressed profound dismay as she condemned the destruction of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, one of the most important 1st century CE religious monuments in the Middle East. “The destruction of Palmyra constitutes an intolerable crime against civilization but 4,500 years of history will never be erased,” the Director-General declared.

The Syrian cultural heritage community suffered two immense blows within one week with the murder of archaeologist Khaled Assad in Palmyra and the killing of the Assistant Director of laboratories

At the end of July, UNESCO's project for digital sustainability, PERSIST, was presented at the annual conference of the Open Source Community KDE, that took place in A Coruña, Spain. KDE is an international team co-operating on development and distribution of Free, Open Source Software (FOSS) for desktop and portable computing.

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