Institutional Relations


In 1993, UNESCO officially recognised the excellent services that Unescocat had provided since its inception and included it in the ‘Foundations maintaining official relations with UNESCO’ category. This status was renewed at UNESCO’s 159th Executive Board on 17 April 2008 for a further period of six years.


Maintaining official relations with UNESCO allows Unescocat to voice its opinions and make suggestions regarding UNESCO programmes and budgets, in addition to the organisation’s medium-term strategy. It likewise allows Unescocat to collaborate in the execution of current programmes, participate in intergovernmental conferences and have its own delegation at UNESCO’s General Conference.


Unescocat is a member of the Association of Internationally Recognised UNESCO Centres, which, in addition to Unescocat, is currently comprised of the UNESCO centres of the Basque Country, Flanders, Florence, the Netherlands, Troyes, Andalusia, Montevideo, Turin and Thessaloniki.




United Nations

The UNESCO Centre of Catalonia has been associated to the United Nations Department of Public Information since 1984. Since 2002, it has also been one of the NGO with consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The United Nations raised Unescocat’s status to the category of special consultative status in 2007. This status enables Unescocat to have a voice in its own right at all functional commissions within the organisation, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Sustainable Development, the Commission on Social Development and the Human Rights Council.