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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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 UNESCO Commission organize the meeting prior to the international conference ‘Deltas in Times of Climate Change’.


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.

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.

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