Though not legally part of the Organization, these Institutes and Centres are associated with UNESCO through formal arrangements approved by the General Conference. They are selected upon proposal by Member State(s), based on the strength of their specialization in one of UNESCO’s fields of competence. Through capacity-building knowledge sharing and research, they provide a valuable and unique contribution to the implementation of UNESCO’s strategic programme objectives for the benefits of Member States.
List of Category 2 Institutes and Centres according to Sectors and Central Services, as approved by UNESCO's General Conference:
- Natural Sciences
- Intergovernmental Oceonographic Commission
- Social and Human Sciences
- Communication and Information
- Bureau of Strategic Planning
At its 37th session (November 2013) UNESCO’s General Conference amended the integrated comprehensive strategy for category 2 institutes and centres, as approved in 37 C/Resolution 93 which supersedes all relevant prior resolutions by the General Conference on the subject.
The integrated comprehensive strategy, as well as the guidelines concerning the creation of new and renewals of existing institutes and centres under the auspices of UNESCO (category 2) as well as a model agreement between UNESCO and a Member State concerned, are contained in document 37 C/18 Part I, as presented in the DOCUMENTS box in the six official languages of the Organization.
In accordance to this global strategy, all UNESCO programme sectors will continue to further implement their own specific sector strategies for the engagement and interaction with relevant category 2 centres and institutes on specific themes.