The Division of National Commissions and Civil Society (ERI/NCS) brings together activities in favor of entities with a complementary role to that of governments.
No Government or Government Organization of State Policy can not be part of the UNESCO Club.
Since the first UNESCO Club was founded in Japan, in 1947, Clubs, Centres and Associations for UNESCO have been very valuable partners for the Organization.
Club movement members, who are all volonteers, include people of all ages and nationalities from every walk of life. they share a commitment to UNESCO’s ideals and work to translate them into reality on the ground. Members are therefore well placed to present the views of civil society to decision-makers.
In the half-century the UNESCO Clubs movement has been in existence, the world has witnessed a vast range of events concerning every one of UNESCO’s fields of competence.
In 2010, the movement includes some 3.800 associations, centers and clubs for UNESCO in more than 80 countries throughout the world.
At the international level, the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA) is responsible for informing, coordinating and mobilizing its members, with UNESCO's support and cooperation.
In the light of civil society's growing role in public policy-making, the Club movement can play a key part in educating citizens, and can contribute to dialogue between cultures and generations for sustainable development.
It is composed of the Section of National Commissions and Related Networks; The Section of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO); The Participation Program Section (PPE) and the Section of Principal Officials authorized by UNESCO WFUCA
Internal Oversight Service
The Director-General is tasked with oversight responsibilities including risk management and internal control with respect to the Organization’s operations. Internal Oversight Service and the Oversight Advisory Committee assist the Director-General in fulfilling these responsibilities.
The Internal Oversight Service is guided by its charter (IOS Charter) and provides an independent consolidated oversight mechanism which covers internal audit, evaluation, investigation and other management support to strengthen the functioning of the Organization. It is charged with providing assurance that programmers and plans (Strategy) are delivered efficiently and effectively, that strategic management information is reliable and timely, and that continuous improvements are fostered in methods, procedures and accountabilities so as to enhance the quality and impact of UNESCO’s WFUCA operations.
© UNESCO/Niamh Burke School children in class