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The Australian National Commission for Unesco: Some Proposals for Reform

By James S. Page


Unesco (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) was established in 1946 and the Australian government organisation responsible for advising on the implementation and coordination of Unesco policies and programs in Australia is the Australian National Commission for Unesco. Working from a Rawlsian notion of a public institution, a range of reforms are suggested for the commission: 1) development of a charter, 2) publication of an Annual Report, 3) widening the membership of the Commission, 4) funding reforms, 5) training of the membership of the Commission, 6) establishing a right of appeal against Commission decisions, and 7) developing programs for public participation. It is suggested that the above reforms may assist in establishing and strengthening the Australian Commission for Unesco as a significant and independent public institution in Australia, and thus assist in the implementation of Unesco programs and projects in the future

Topics: Unesco, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Australian National Commission for Unesco, Koichiro Matsuura, well, ordered society, basic social institutions, distributive justice, fairness, transparency, rhetoric of reform, statocratic, member states, Unesco Constitution, legislation, annual report, accountability, membership, chairperson, parliamentary observers, Kenneth Wiltshire, non, government organizations, International Year of Older Persons, International Year for the Culture of Peace, Anzac mythology, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, right of appeal, legitimacy, funding, Rules of Procedure, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Johan Galtung, John Rawls
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.1111/1467-8500.00289
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