UNESCO is the only UN Agency to have a global network of national cooperating bodies known as National Commissions for UNESCO.
National Commissions make up part of the overall constitutional architecture of the Organization.
Set up by their respective governments in accordance with Article VII of the UNESCO Constitution, the National Commissions operate, on a permanent basis, for the purpose of associating their governmental and non-governmental bodies in education, sciences, culture and communication with the work of the Organization.
Presently, there are 199 National Commissions for UNESCO across the world. They constitute a truly global family with an authoritative network of stakeholders, partners and experts and offer a comparative advantage to the Organization within the United Nations system. This network plays a significant role in the liaison with partners, the coordination of activities and the promotion of UNESCO’s visibility at the country level.
Directory of National Commissions
Acting as agencies of consultation, liaison and information, and mobilizing and coordinating partnerships with national partners, including civil society, the National Commissions make also substantial contributions to the advancement of UNESCO’s objectives and in the implementation of its program.
Rwanda became a member of UNESCO on November 7, 1962. The CNRU was established on the 9th June of 1975 by the presidential decree n° 120/10. It did not start working until the 24th of June of 1976 when all of its members were officially appointed. Its first session was detained in December 1976.
The elements of the CNRU are:
The General Assembly (+ 5 specialized Sub-Commissions)
The Permanent Secretariat
The President of the CNRU
The Vice President
CNRU Organizational Chart
The presidency of the RNCU was successively performed by:
• From 1976 to 1979: Jean NTIGURA
• From 1979 to 1984: Manigaba BALIBUTSA
• From 1984 to 1989: Boniface NGULINZIRA
• From 1989 to 1991: Jean de Dieu KAMUHANDA
• From 1991 to 1993: Christophe MFIZI
• From 1995 to 1996: Dr. Joseph NSENGIMANA
• From 1997 to 1998: Dr. Joseph KAREMERA
• From 1999 to 2000: Mr. Emmanuel MUDIDI
• From 2001 to 2003: Prof Romain MURENZI
• From 2003 to 2004: Dr. Bonfils SAFARI
• From 2004 to 2010: Dr. Rose GASIBIREGE
• From 2011 to 2018: Dr Fidèle NAHAYO
• From 2018 up to now: Ms. Marie Christine GASINGIRWA