UNESCO is unique in the United Nations system with its global network of national cooperating bodies known as National Commissions.
The Charter of National Commissions outlines that the role of UNESCO’s National Commissions is to:
“Make UNESCO’s objectives better known, broaden its range of influence and promote the execution of its programme, by involving the intellectual and scientific communities of their respective countries”.
The central role of a National Commission is therefore to connect the government and UNESCO to each country’s educational, academic, scientific, cultural, creative and artistic communities.
National Commissions around the world come in many different forms. While some are found within government ministries others, like the UKNC, are independent civil society organisations.