About us

UKNC policy brief series

The UK National Commission (UKNC) works to support the UK’s contribution to UNESCO and bring the benefits of UNESCO to the UK. It is the central hub for UNESCO-related matters in the UK.

Founded in January 1947, the UKNC is part of UNESCO’s unique global network of national cooperating bodies known as National Commissions. Our aim is to connect the UK Government and UNESCO to the UK’s educational, academic, scientific, cultural, creative and artistic communities.

The UKNC has three core functions:

  • To provide expert, independent policy advice to UK and devolved government on UNESCO related issues;

  • To support the UK government’s agenda in helping UNESCO become more institutionally effective;

  • To advise and support individuals and institutions in the UK, its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies on accessing UNESCO accreditation.

The UKNC works with members of its pro bono expert network in carrying out these roles.

The expert network is comprised of specialists in the fields of education, culture, the sciences and communication and information from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. While some members of the network are connected to a UNESCO project in the UK, this is not necessary. The Network is open to all who are based in the UK and are committed to furthering UNESCO’s goals in the UK and worldwide. Read more about joining the expert network.

For more information about our work and impact, visit the following case studies: