Commission Nationale du Cameroun pour l'UNESCO

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C'est dans l'esprit des hommes,
Que doivent être élevées les défenses de la paix

    

                              The Unesco Center and Clubs Association of Cameroon

 

 

 

UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations are groups of volunteers of various ages and socio-professional status, volunteer activists serving the ideals of UNESCO.

Etablis avec l’autorisation des National Commissions for UNESCO , these Clubs, Centers and Associations are grouped into national, regional and international networks, with the aim of acting on the ground in UNESCO’s fields of competence. . More than 65 years after the creation of the first UNESCO association in Japan in 1947, the movement has some 4000 UNESCO centers, associations and clubs in more than 100 countries worldwide.

The activities undertaken by the Clubs are varied and depend mainly on the age and interests of its members. They also depend on the financial resources and the means of intervention available. Whatever their nature and scope, these initiatives promote the dissemination of UNESCO’s principles and objectives in civil society. Thus, clubs allow the visibility of the values ​​defended by the Organization within local communities. In light of the growing role of civil society in decisions affecting public life, the club movement can play a vital role in educating citizens and contributing to the dialogue between cultures and generations for sustainable development, cooperation with civil society partners.


At the national level, UNESCO Clubs are co-ordinated by a National Federation when it exists or the National Commission of their country. At the regional level, the regional federations, as the coordinating body, implement activities while promoting the movement of clubs across the regions. At the international level, the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (WFUCA), as an international NGO maintaining official relations with UNESCO, is responsible for informing, coordinating and mobilizing its members, with support and UNESCO’s cooperation.

Policy

Clubs for UNESCO have three essential functions: training, dissemination of information, and action. These Clubs intervene on global problems with local repercussions and thus contribute to the reflection on the choice of a model of society. Although the name of UNESCO appears in the name of the various Clubs and their federations, this does not mean in any case that the Organization is responsible for their activities. Respecting the dynamics of Clubs has always been the rule of UNESCO: it does not intervene for their creation or for their development. As the different Clubs are financially and legally autonomous, and therefore responsible for their operation, UNESCO can provide intellectual, financial and / or material support for specific activities of the Movement that it considers particularly relevant. In addition, to secure external funding, many Clubs use National Commissions for UNESCO, ministerial departments, local authorities, certain national or international organizations, as well as companies, foundations and individuals. . In order to strengthen the impact of the Clubs movement, UNESCO promotes cooperation with the program sectors, field offices and major networks of the Organization such as Associated Schools.

 


activities

For example, the action of clubs includes: • The dissemination of general principles such as those stated in the Preamble and the Constitution of UNESCO, the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, man, etc. ; • Participation in international years proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly and the General Conference of UNESCO; • Promotion of literacy, preservation and enhancement of cultural heritage; • Youth Camp Organization; • Publication of newsletters or information documents.

How to create a Club for UNESCO

Clubs can be established by anyone and are often created in schools or other educational institutions or cultural institutions. It is the responsibility of National Commissions for UNESCO to approve the status of a club for UNESCO. • Any club for UNESCO must first obtain the approval of its country’s National Commission for UNESCO, which is responsible for recognizing the establishment of clubs and the soundness of its activities. • Once the National Commission has officially approved its affiliation to the club movement, the club is associated with UNESCO’s activities and integrated into its database and other relevant documents. • Clubs are strongly encouraged to adopt statutes that recognize the laws in their country on non-profit cultural associations (if they exist). Such statutes will allow them to be recognized by the public authorities. • Clubs for UNESCO are legally and financially independent of UNESCO, even in the case of UNESCO-sponsored activities. • National Commissions have the right to use UNESCO’s name, acronym, logo and Internet domain names, but only in the form of a linked logo. Any decision on the authorization to use UNESCO’s name, acronym, logo and Internet domain names is based on the following criteria: (i) relevance of the proposed association to the program and strategic objectives of the Organization; and (ii) conformity with the values, principles and constitutional objectives of UNESCO.

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be established by anyone and are often created within schools or other educational institutions or cultural institutions. It is the responsibility of National Commissions for UNESCO to approve the status of a club for UNESCO. • Any club for UNESCO must first obtain the approval of its country’s National Commission for UNESCO, which is responsible for recognizing the establishment of clubs and the soundness of its activities. • Once the National Commission has officially approved its affiliation to the club movement, the club is associated with UNESCO’s activities and integrated into its database and other relevant documents. • Clubs are strongly encouraged to adopt statutes that recognize the laws in their country on non-profit cultural associations (if they exist). Such statutes will allow them to be recognized by the public authorities. • Clubs for UNESCO are legally and financially independent of UNESCO, even in the case of UNESCO-sponsored activities. • National Commissions have the right to use UNESCO’s name, acronym, logo and Internet domain names, but only in the form of a linked logo. Any decision on the authorization to use UNESCO’s name, acronym, logo and Internet domain names is based on the following criteria: (i) relevance of the proposed association to the program and strategic objectives of the Organization; and (ii) conformity with the values, principles and constitutional objectives of UNESCO.

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