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Czech Commission for UNESCO


The Czech Commission for UNESCO was founded on the basis of the government decree from June 1, 1994, as an government advisory body. Its main aim is to provide communication of our institutions and specialists with UNESCO and spread thoughts of the organisation in the Czech Republic.

The Commission analyses UNESCO documents, supports the cooperation with both expert and laic public in the framework of UNESCO programme interests and at the same time it presents subject matters to the Secretariat in Paris regarding the other UNESCO activities.

The Commission has four expert sections: Education, Science and Humanities, Culture and Communication. Cooperation in the field of science focuses on intergovernmental programmes (geological correlations, hydrology), oceanology and environmental issues. The Czech Republic traditionally organizes UNESCO postgraduate courses on microbiology, geology and hydrology for young experts from developing countries. In addition to these basic areas, the Commission deals with many other tasks, such as to nominate  candidates for UNESCO prizes and fellowships, to respond to the questionnaires of the UNESCO Secretariat, and to consider the programme of scholarships offered by the Czech government to students from developing countries.

According to the Statutes of the Czech Commission for UNESCO, members of the Commission are appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the suggestion of the competent ministers (Education Minister, Culture Minister, Ministr of Labour and Social Affairs, Interior Minister, Defence Minister, Environment Minister), the Government Office and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. They serve a four-year term and can be reappointed. The Commission comprises representatives of  ministries and other institutions responsible for issues relevant to UNESCO’s fields of action, and members.

The Permanent Secretariat of the Commission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic supplies the realization of agreements accepted by the  Commission and its organs, communicates with the Secretariat of UNESCO in Paris and with the partner national commissions. The function of the Secretariat of the Commission was initiated  on July 1, 1996, and is being fulfilled by the special department within its bureau for UN matters. The Secretariat of the Commission administers a library holding several thousand UNESCO publications and documents. The holdings are available for on-the-spot study.


Address : Rytířská 31

110 00 Praha 1

Czech Republic

Phone : (420) 224.186.126

Fax : (420) 224.186.122

E-mail :

Web site : (in Czech and English)


President : Mr Petr Gazdík

Secretary-General : Mr Karel Komárek