More than just an accreditation, the establishment of an official partnership is a mutual commitment to cooperate and work together in the Organization’s fields of competence, while embracing and upholding UNESCO’s ideals and values, and is often the recognition of an already established relationship between UNESCO and the organization concerned.
UNESCO's official partnership with NGOs is outlined in the Directives concerning UNESCO’s partnership with non-governmental organizations, which define two categories:
Further to their individual collaboration with UNESCO, NGO partners also have the possibility to contribute collectively to UNESCO’s programme and interact with UNESCO’s community of NGOs through the International Conference of NGOs and the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, a liaison body composed of NGOs elected by the International Conference.
Please visit UNESCO's website to find the full list of NGOs in Official Partnership with UNESCO
The Directives define an NGO as any organization that has not been established by intergovernmental agreement or by a government and whose purposes, functions, structure and operation are non-governmental, democratic and non-profit-making in character (Article I.1).
Any NGO may apply to become an official partner provided that it fulfills the following essential conditions:
Please visit UNESCO's website to access information on the Admissions Procedure