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					UNESCO Clubs and New Partnerships Sector for External Relations and Cooperation

Information Seminar for New Secretary-Generals Of the National Commissions for UNESCO
● 27 February 2007 ●

Akané NOZAKI (ERC/PTS)

ERC/PTS UNESCO Clubs and New Partnerships Sector for External Relations and Cooperation UNESCO

 Parliamentarians
 Cities and Local Authorities  UNESCO Clubs

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● PARLIAMENTARIANS ●

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Have direct impact on the preparation of national legislation Responsible for approving and allocating of national budgets Can convey UNESCO’s message to the grassroots communities
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Cooperation with Parliamentarians at International level
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
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Established in 1889 International organization of Parliaments 148 national parliaments and 7 international parliamentary assemblies (February 2007) Administers institutional co-operation between UN and its Special Agencies Agreement with UNESCO concluded in 1997
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Cooperation with Parliamentarians at regional level
● Agreements with:  Parlamento Latinoamericano (1994)  Parliamentary Assembly for Francophonie (2005) ● Cooperation on ad hoc basis:  Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe  European Parliament  African Parliamentary Union (APU)  Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU)  Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
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Cooperation with Parliamentarians at national level

Creation of Parliamentary Focal Points for UNESCO in charge of relations with National Commissions Permanent link between the activities of the Parliaments and those of National Commissions
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● CITIES AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES ●

 Municipalities  Cities
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Authorities  Associations of cities
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UN-HABITAT
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The United Nations Human Settlements Programme,is the United Nations agency for human settlements. MoU concluded in March 2005

UCLG
(United Cities and Local Governments)

■ Established in May 2004 ■ Largest world organization made up of cities and national associations of local authorities in over 127 countries ■ Agreement approved by UNESCO’s Executive Board

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● UNESCO CLUBS ●

?? What are UNESCO Clubs ??
Groups of people of all ages, from every kind of social and professional background and origin, from all over the world, who share a firm belief in the ideals of UNESCO Members of UNESCO Clubs work as volunteers to implement UNESCO’s ideals at grass roots level Disseminates UNESCO’s objectives and promotes UNESCO’s values in local communities

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 UNESCO Clubs: Key dates

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19 July 1947: Very first UNESCO Club created in Japan 4 November 1949: Mr Jaime Terres-Bodet, then DG of UNESCO, launched an appeal for the creation of UNESCO Clubs in secondary schools and universities April 1978: 1st World Congress of UNESCO Clubs July 1981: Creation of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs Today: More than 3600 UNESCO Clubs in over 90 countries
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Main functions of UNESCO Clubs
 Training  Dissemination of information  Action

Roles of National Commissions
Provide necessary information and/or advice Verify whether the new Club subscribes to the UNESCO founding principles + non-profit activities Give official recognition and permission to use the Organization’s name
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Regional Federations of UNESCO Clubs
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Asia and Pacific Federation (1974) Afirican confederation (1999) European Federation (2001) Arab States Federation (2005) Latin America and Caribbean Federation

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centre and Associations (WFUCA)
 provides general co-ordination services Encourages active co-operation among National Federations through interregional and sub regional programmes
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National Commissions for UNESCO
Permanent bridges linking UNESCO with the civil society Extended arms of UNESCO
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Best position to judge the very value of UNESCO’s partners Raising UNESCO’s profile at national level Providing advice/ information about UNESCO and its programmes. Providing relevant documentation (legal instruments, facts, statistics, data etc) Organization of / participation in briefing sessions (Seminars, roundtables, lectures, etc)

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UNESCO Clubs and New Partnerships Sector for External Relations and Cooperation ERC/PTS

Mr Massoud ABTAHI Chief ERC/PTS m.abtahi@unesco.org Ms Akané NOZAKI a.nozaki@unesco.org
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THANK YOU

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