National Commission


History:

The Cyprus National Commission for the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation of the United Nations (UNESCO) constitutes the contact point of the Organisation in Cyprus.

Cyprus became a Member State of UNESCO on the 6th of February 1961. The Cyprus National Commission as a body was founded on the 15th of February 1962, according to the Constitutional Map of UNESCO. Until 2001 it functioned under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the year after, the Council of Ministers decided to transfer the competence for issues relating to UNESCO to the Ministry of Education and Culture. In 2004, the Council of Ministers approved the modified constitution and budget of the Commission, which is still in effect.

Today the Commission is located at the premises of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture and employs two Officers who are responsible for the proper function of its services. 

Aims and Responsibilities

The Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO functions under the supervision of the government, which is performed by the Minister of Education and Culture via the Secretary General of the Ministry. The Commission is responsible for all issues related to the scope and programmes of UNESCO in Cyprus. For the realization of the aims of the Organisation, the Commission acts as an advisory body to the Government, cooperates with the responsible Ministries and state services, as well as with semi-governmental and non-governmental Organisations, Institutions, Corporations and other bodies whose activities are related to those of UNESCO.

 The Commission:

  • Encourages and supports the participation of governmental and non-governmental Organisations and civil society in the design and implementation of UNESCO’s programmes in Cyprus;
  • Functions as a point of awareness and information about the aims, programmes and activities of UNESCO;
  • Preserves, promotes and develops contacts and cooperation with other National Commissions in UNESCO’s Member States for mutual benefit.

 

Composition

The Commission is composed by the President, the Secretary General and the Members. The President is appointed by the Council of Ministers, upon proposal of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Secretary General is a permanent officer of the Ministry of Education and Culture and is appointed by the Council of Ministers, after a proposal by the aforementioned Ministry. 

The Members of the Commission are representatives from the following Ministries/Services/Bodies:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Cyprus Department of Antiquities
  • Press and Information Office
  • University of Cyprus

 

Composition of the Commission:

President

Loukia Loizou – Hadjigavriel, Director of the A.G.Leventis Gallery

Secretary General

Pavlos Paraskevas, Director of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture

Members

Martha Mavrommatis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Pavlos Dapolas, Department of Secondary Education, Coordinator of the UNESCO ASPnet in Cyprus, Ministry of Education and Culture

Marina Polydorou, Press and Information Officer Α' (Department of International and European Relations)

Marina Solomidou - Ieronymidou, Director of the Department of Antiquities

Vasiliki Kassianidou, Professor, Archeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus