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.


2015 Annual Report, Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO

News & backgrounds

ICCROM, The Prince Claus Fund, The Smithsonian Institution and the Netherlands Commission for Unesco organize a new edition of the training course ‘First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis’ from 31 July - 23 August 2018. Deadline for application is 23 March 2018.  

Next to the Dutch version of its annual report 2016, the Netherlands Commission for Unesco has published the English version, which has been given the title ‘People and the Planet’. 

Recently over 30 experts and policy makers gathered in Abu Dhabi to speed up the efforts of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme for digital sustainability and digital preservation.

Archive of video tapes (Photo: CC/Flickr.com | DRs Kulturarvsprojekt)

The UNESCO PERSIST Project has launched guidelines to provide an overarching starting point for libraries, archives, museums and other heritage institutions when drafting their own policies on the selection of digital heritage for long-term sustainable digital preservation.

Abu Dhabi (Photo: CC/Flickr.com | Noel Reynolds)

From 14 till 16 March the Steering Committee of the UNESCO PERSIST Project on digital sustainability will discuss its plans for the coming two years in a meeting organised by the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates.

In 2014 Simone van der Burg was awarded a L'Oréal-UNESCO for women in science fellowship. In this report she reflects on her time spent at the NIAS campus in Wassenaar.

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