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Austria and UNESCO

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Austria in UNESCO

Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA) is responsible for affairs relating to cultural foreign relations and for representing the Republic of Austria at UNESCO. These activities will be carried out by the department for Multilateral Cultural Policy in Directorate-General V of the Federal Ministry.

Like most countries, Austria is accredited by a “permanent representation” to the UNESCO in Paris. This representation maintains a continuous working connection to the UNESCO secretariat and is responsible for fostering relationships with UNESCO. It represents Austria in UNESCO’s various committees and supports issues that are of concern for Austrian.

The implementation of UNESCO topics is subject to individual functional departments in the respective ministries. In this respect, the Austrian Commission for UNESCO also operates as a coordination and liaison office.

Member States work with UNESCO within the framework of the General Conference, Executive Council and in the subsidiary committees and councils. The General Conference meets every two years and approves the UNESCO programme and budget every four years. The Executive Council is the UNESCO management and supervisory body, which is made up of 58 members. Furthermore, there are currently 25 subsidiary committees and councils with a range of different statuses. New members of these committees are accepted by vote during the General Conference. The term of office is, in general, four years.

Austria is currently a member of the following committees/councils:

Data and facts Austria and UNESCO