Establishment of the Commission
Jamaica became a Member State of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in November 1962. Three years later (1965), the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO (JNC-UNESCO) was established in accordance with Article VII of the Constitution of UNESCO.
Purpose of the Commission
National Commissions are considered the mobilisers and catalysts for UNESCO’s activities, they advise their governments on UNESCO affairs and work with the international communities in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of UNESCO’s programmes.
National Commissions publicise UNESCO’s mission and achievements, and are the channel through which the needs and aspirations of Member States are transmitted to UNESCO.
Mission Statement of the Commission
The role of the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO (JNC-UNESCO) is to involve in UNESCO’s activities, the various national, regional and international partners working for the advancement of education, science, culture, communication and information so that each Member State may play an ever-increasing role in UNESCO’s work and particularly in the information and execution of its programmes.
Structure of the Commission
The Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO (JNC-UNESCO) comprises members representing the various areas of UNESCO’s competence and is chaired by the Minister of Culture Gender Entertainment and Sport under whose portfolio the National Commission now falls (Organisational Structure/NATCOM Board).
The National Commission functions through a Secretariat, Advisory Committees and other Committees.
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- Memory of the World
- Man and the Biosphere
- National Bioethics Committee of Jamaica (NBCJ)