Flemish and Dutch Commission meet in Brussels

On 23 January 2014, the Flemish and Dutch National Commissions for UNESCO met in Brussels for a plenary session. 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.

The assembly focused on five topics which have been discussed in different working groups:

  • The 1954 Convention and its protocols as well as the link with the 1970 Convention. How to reach more synergies?
  • World Heritage: successes and future challenges. How to improve the implementation of the Convention?
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage in Flanders, the Netherlands and on an international scale. Lessons learned and joint initiatives
  • The International Water and Science Agenda: divisions of tasks.
  • The ASP-network.

The meeting resulted in the design of an action plan with specific cooperation possibilities for each of the five areas, e.g. the joint organisation of an international exposition on the 1954 Convention, the sharing of toolkits on World Heritage and the 1954 Convention, the increased involvement of UNESCO Chairs in discussions on World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage and sharing knowledge on water and science, with a specific focus on the Horizon 2020 Agenda of the European Commission.

UNESCO, de United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is opgericht in 1945. UNESCO gebruikt de werkterreinen onderwijs, wetenschap, cultuur en communicatie om de doelstellingen van de Verenigde Naties te realiseren, namelijk: ontwikkeling van universele waarden en verbetering van de leefomstandigheden van alle mensen ter wereld.


Op dit moment zijn 195 landen lid van UNESCO. Daarnaast hebben 9 landen een geassocieerd lidmaatschap.

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