Introduction by Assistant
Director-General Ahmed Sayyad
Article VII of the UNESCO Constitution

National co-operating bodies

1.Each Member State shall make such arrangements as suit its particular conditions for the purpose of associating its principal bodies interested in educational, scientific and cultural matters with the work of the Organization, preferably by the formation of a National Commission broadly representative of the government and such bodies. 
 
2.National Commissions or National Cooperating Bodies, where they exist, shall act in an advisory capacity to their respective delegations to the General Conference, to the representatives and alternates of their countries on the Executive Board and to their Governments in matters relating to the Organization and shall function as agencies of liaison in all matters of interest to it.(1) 
 
3.The Organization may, on the request of a Member State, delegate, either temporarily or permanently, a member of its Secretariat to serve on the National Commission of that state, in order to assist in the development of its work. 
 
(1) Paragraph amended by the General Conference at its 26th session (1991) (26C/Resolutions, p.136).