The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) was created by the Canada Council for the Arts in 1957. The CCUNESCO Secretary-General reports directly to the Council's Director and Chief Executive Officer. The permanent staff of the CCUNESCO Secretariat coordinates its networks and initiatives. Based on the recommendations it receives from various advisory committees, the Executive Committee defines CCUNESCO's strategic directions and oversees its activities. See Strategic Plan 2014-2021.

CCUNESCO supports the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO

CCUNESCO serves as a bridge between Canadians and the vital work of UNESCO. Canada is represented at UNESCO by the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO.

Global Affairs Canada is responsible for appointing the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Canada to UNESCO. The position is currently held by Ms. Élaine Ayotte.

In accordance with the Canada-Quebec Agreement concerning UNESCO (signed in 2006) (PDF 24 KB), the Permanent Delegation of Canada includes a Quebec Permanent Representative who is appointed by the Government of Quebec. The position is currently held by Ms. Maria Mourani.

CCUNESCO's Executive Committee

The Executive Committee defines CCUNESCO's strategic directions and oversees its activities. It is composed of government representatives, Sectoral Commission Chairs, and representatives from civil society elected at the Annual General Meetings. The diversity of expertise within the Executive Committee helps increase CCUNESCO's visibility and impact.

To learn more about CCUNESCO's Constitution and By-Laws, see the Constitution and By-Laws of of the CCUNESCO (PDF 349 KB).

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Nominations and Membership Committee

The Nominations and Membership Committee ensures the transparency, equity, diversity and representativeness of the members elected or appointed to the Executive Committee and other committee members. It is composed of three members elected by the Annual General Meeting and three members appointed by the Executive Committee.

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