Estonian National Commission for UNESCO

Estonian National Commission for UNESCO was established by the order of Estonian Government on 17 August 1992 (No. 317-k) in accordance with Article VII of UNESCO’s constitution and pursuant to the Charter of National Commissions for UNESCO. According to the order of Estonian Government of 20 July 1999 (No 810-k) Estonian National Commission was reorganized into a foundation. 

Estonian National Commission for UNESCO serves as a liaison and coordinative unit between UNESCO and national institutions and organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, as well as private persons connected with UNESCOs work. The secretariat includes Secretary-General and two programme specialists. 

The Supervisory Board of the Estonian National Commission for UNESCO brings together representatives of different ministries and the National Heritage Board. The Chairperson of the Board is Prof. Kristin Kuutma from University of Tartu. 

The Advisory Committee is another important organ in the structure of Estonian National Commission for UNESCO. Its task is to advise the Supervisory Board and the Management Board in the matters concerning the fields of activities of UNESCO and to participate in the implementation of conventions and programmes and in the formulation of Estonian positions. As of 2021 there are 8 members in the Advisory Committee.