Presentation of the National Commission
The National Commission main relay of the action of UNESCO in Cameroon
In the spirit of cooperation and openness towards the Member States, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization “UNESCO” establishes an organization called “National Commission for UNESCO“, which acts as a bridge between the Organization and the Member States and vice versa. To date, 199 Member States have established a National Commission. they represent a vital link between, on the one hand, the intellectual circles and the civil society of each country and, on the other hand, the UNESCO Secretariat and they play a decisive role in the achievement of the objectives of the Organization. These are the main relays of UNESCO’s action at the national level.
Pursuant to Article 7 of the UNESCO Constitutive Act which provides for the establishment of a National Commission in each of the Member States, the National Commission of the Republic of Cameroon for UNESCO was established on May 23rd, 1962 by Decree No. 62/DF/169, as amended by Decree No. 62/ DF/427 of December 6th,1962 and Decree No. 63/DF/400 of November 14th, 1963. In the course of its history it has undergone several reforms, the latest of which is the one by decree n ° 2015/007 of January 12th, 2015 which concerned its reorganization and its functioning.
At the service of Member States
As an interface between Cameroon and UNESCO, the National Commission is a liaison, implementation and information consultative body in UNESCO’s fields of competence. It is a place of dialogue and exchange between its members, whether they are intellectual personalities, experts or administrative representations. This is where proposals are made that correspond to the priorities of the country and are then brought to the attention of the international community.As an asset for the Government, the National Commission responds to certain concerns in the fields of Education, Science of Culture or Communication. The government can also use it to evaluate different UNESCO programs.AS a Liaison body, the National Commission maintains close cooperation with the government, the permanent delegation to UNESCO ex officio member of the National Commission.
UNESCO’s presence in the State
The National Commission ensures UNESCO’s presence by publicizing its objectives, activities and programs, as well as debates through information and awareness-raising activities. This visibility of UNESCO at the national level with the support of institutional partners, the ASPnet Associated Schools, FECACLUBS-UNESCO, civil society actors, NGOs, is increased by the establishment of various activities such as actions to raise public awareness of UNESCO’s ideals and objectives during international days celebrated by the Organization (World Teachers’ Day for example), workshops … .the academic world within the framework of the network of UNESCO Chairs are also involved in the action of the National Commission.