Evaluations, audits and governance

The Internal Oversight Service of UNESCO carried out an evaluation of the normative action of UNESCO’s Culture Sector during 2013. It focused in particular on evaluating the effectiveness of the Culture Sector’s normative action, putting the accent on its impact on legislation, policies and strategies of the Parties to UNESCO’s cultural conventions, and on the implementation of those conventions at the national level:

  • Report of the evaluation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
    IOS/EVS/PI/129 REV. (October 2013): English|French|Spanish|Arabic

An audit of the working methods of the six culture conventions was also conducted in parallel:

  • Report on the audit of the working methods of the six cultural conventions
    IOS/AUD/2013/06 (September 2013): English|French

At its 38th session, the General Conference established an open-ended working group on governance, procedures and methods of work of the governing bodies of UNESCO (38 C/Resolution 101). At the same session, the General Conference also invited all intergovernmental programs, committees and organs of the Conventions to inscribe, in 2016 if feasible, an item on their agenda concerning the follow-up to the recommendations of the External Auditor’s report contained in document 38 C/23, to improve their governance by concrete measures, and to report on their proposals to the Chairperson of the open-ended working group: