Finnish National Commission for UNESCO

The National Commission for UNESCO issues opinions to the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Government and takes initiatives with regard to:

  • measures to be taken in Finland following decisions and recommendations adopted by UNESCO General Conferences and UNESCO executive bodies and by international conferences and meetings organised by UNESCO;
  • other major matters and questions of principle relating to the activities of UNESCO;
  • the representation of Finland at General Conferences and on UNESCO executive bodies and at international meetings and talks organised by UNESCO;
  • other questions relating to UNESCO's fields of activity assigned to the Commission by the Ministry of Education and Culture; and
  • communication of UNESCO's aims and activities in Finland.

The Finnish National Commission for UNESCO consists of a Chairperson and 11 members representing high-level expertise in the fields of UNESCO. They are nominated by the Government for a four-year term. In addition, the Ministry of Education and Culture, in consultation with the Commission, invites a necessary number of experts. The representatives of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs have the right to be present and speak at the meetings of the Commission.

The National Commission is attached to the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Commission cooperates closely with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Permanent Delegation to UNESCO. The Secretariat of the National Commission is provided by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The first National Commission for UNESCO was appointed in 1957.