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Welcome to the Zambian Commission for UNESCO

The Zambia National Commission for UNESCO (ZNCU) was established by an Act of Parliament No. 32 of 1966 (CAP. 235 of the Laws of Zambia) amended by Act No. 16 of 1981 (CAP.  139 of the Laws of Zambia). This was in accordance with the Article VII of the UNESCO Constitution which requires each respective Member State of UNESCO to establish a National Commission for the Organisation. Zambia joined UNESCO on November 9th, 1964.

UNESCO is the only United Nations (UN) agency that works through a global network of cooperating bodies known as National Commissions for UNESCO. The National Commissions are part of the overall constitutional architecture of the Organisation. They operate, on a permanent basis, for the purpose of associating their governmental and non-governmental bodies in Education, Culture, Natural Sciences, Human and Social Sciences, and Communication and Information with the work of UNESCO.


Presently, ZNCU is part of the global family of 199 National Commissions for UNESCO across the world with an authoritative network of stakeholders, partners and experts and offer a comparative advantage to the Organization within the United Nations system. ZNCU plays a significant role in the liaison with partners, the coordination of activities and the promotion of UNESCO’s visibility in Zambia.

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