Cooperation with UNESCO

The organisation, goals and implementation

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), with its headquarters in Paris assembles 195 member states and 9 associate member states. Its charter was signed in London on November 16, 1945 and became effective on November 4, 1946.

The organisation’s goals are implemented within two-year programmes drawn up by the General Conference on the basis of six-year "medium-term strategies".

Conventions in the fields of art/culture

UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The "UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions" was adopted by the 33rd UNESCO General Conference of 2005 and came into effect on March 18, 2007 (Ratification by Austria in August 2006).

Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

The "Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage" was adopted by the 32nd UNESCO General Conference in 2003 in Paris and came into effect in April 2006. Austria ratified the convention and has been a member state since July 2009. As part of the national implementation Austria has established a National Inventory of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. In 2015, a study on traditional craftsmanship in Austria has surveyed traditional craftsmanship both as cultural heritage and as an economic factor.

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In the field of monument protection

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