The German Commission for UNESCO is the link between Germany and UNESCO. It is one of 199 National Commission established under Article VII of the UNESCO Constitution. It acts as an intermediary of foreign cultural and educational policy, and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The Commission advises the German Federal Government, Parliament and all other German public bodies on UNESCO issues. It coordinates the contribution of German experts and civil society to the drafting of UNESCO’s programmes and norms. The German Commission is responsible for providing information and for public awareness activities in German on all of UNESCO’s areas of work.

Together with the ratification of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in 2007 the German Government appointed the German Commission for UNESCO as national point of contact. The Commission initiated and coordinates the German Coalition for Cultural Diversity as well as the international U40 Network “Cultural Diversity 2030”.

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