Frequently Asked Questions
UNESCO Clubs are associations of people of all ages and all socio-professional categories, which share the ideals of UNESCO, strive to popularize them and participate in the activities of an international organization, carrying out activities directly related to the activities of UNESCO.
As of June 11, 2020, 155 UNESCO Clubs are operated in the Republic of Kazakhstan, which are united into the the Public Association “Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs”.
By manifesting enthusiasm and idealism of nations from number of countries, UNESCO Club movement has been established spontaneously right after creation of the Organization, as evidenced by the example of Japan, where the Clubs began to emerge among the ruins even before the country became a member of UNESCO: first UNESCO club (In japan and in the whole world), in fact, was created in Sendai on 19 July in 1947, and then, on September 18 of the same year Kyoto Club was established.
Only a few months after the founding of UNESCO, thus, the world witnessed the emergence of the national movement in support of a new organization which stands for the world peace, initiative of which was taken by the Universities. In December 1947, the “UNESCO GROUP” was established at “Steel Sentry” in Denver (Colorado), the United States of America.
There were already more than a hundred associations of this kind, mainly, in Japan and France, when on November, 4 in 1949, Mr. Jaime Torres Bodet, being a Director-General of UNESCO, made an appeal for the establishment of UNESCO Clubs in secondary schools and Universities in the given speech at the International center of pedagogical research in Sevre (France) in the connection with celebration of the 3rd anniversary of UNESCO foundation,
As the consequence of this appeal, the UNESCO Clubs Movement has gradually spread in the whole world and in 1992 there were more than 3800 UNESCO Clubs, scattered in more than 100 countries of all regions: Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, Arab countries, Europe and Northern America, and their number is constantly increasing.
The first World Congress of UNESCO Clubs, convened at the UNESCO Headquarters in April 1978, unanimously approved the principle of establishment “World Federation of UNESCO Associations and Clubs”. It was officially approved in July 1981 following the end of the Second World Congress at the UNESCO Headquarters, which was attended by representatives of UNESCO Clubs and Associations from about 60 countries.
General Secretariat of the World of the World Federation is located in Paris4; its Executive Board consists of 10 members, 2 of whom represent a major geographic region from among those regions, the division into which is adopted by UNESCO.
At the second Congress held in accordance with the statutes in Spain 1987, The Federation has approved the name “World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations” (WFUCA).
The World Federation represents the movement of Associations, Centers and UNESCO Clubs around the world and through its activities ensures the promotion of the peace affairs in the spirit of the Constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
In this regard, the Federation plays a general coordinating role and promotes active cooperation between National Federations on the basis of interregional, regional and subregional programs.
People’s horizons expand on the daily basis. The modern man, whose interests go far beyond national borders, is replacing the yesterday’s man, busy only with the affairs of his/her village, city or country.
Thanks to the democratization of vehicles, to the concepts and ideas spread by the media, the person of the 20th century lives with the desire to learn more about foreign states or their various forms of thinking and expression. This curiosity is accompanied by awareness of the numerous problems and hotbeds of tension that are noted at the international level, as well as the need to resolve them in a spirit of mutual understanding, mutual trust and respect.
It is to those who are driven by this curiosity, who seek to satisfy it in the effort to understand these problems and work to resolve them in a spirit of solidarity, that UNESCO Clubs turn to.
In developing countries, in particular young states that, having recently become sovereign, have been participating for a very short time in international life, it is important to form a national consciousness that takes into account the responsibilities that are assigned to everyone in the development process, and therefore it becomes necessary to combine efforts to build a state firmly based on the social and cultural values that make up its wealth and identity.
It is to those who wish to contribute to this revolution of minds that UNESCO Clubs turn.
The objectives of UNESCO can be defined by the objectives of the Organization itself, which are set out in its Constitution: to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among the nations through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.
Each Club has its own characteristics, but they all have common features: they are considered as a meeting place for those who want to conduct any research and very different activities together in the spirit of complete trust, tolerance and absence of discrimination not only on the basis of gender, nationality, race, religion, but social environment and political beliefs.
They appear to be the crossroads where men and women of goodwill meet in order to think about the world peace in the terms of respect for human’s rights, development and cooperation.
It can be said that UNESCO Club is a center of lifelong education: it plays a crucial educational role for its members since in addition to the acquisition of knowledge, which is a matter of many other associations, it aims to encourage its members to analyze and work from the perspective of intellectual sensitivity and understanding those who is near or far away.
Anyone who wants to establish a UNESCO Club should refer to the National Commission for UNESCO in their own country or to the National Association/Federation of UNESCO Clubs. In the Republic of Kazakhstan, such structure to refer to is the public association “Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs”.
- UNESCO Club can be organized subject to the presence of five or more people in the club, at least three of which must be of legal age;
- Application of intent to establish a UNESCO club is submitted to the KazFUCA President to the KazFUCA Board with the following documents attached:
- a copy of documents governing the activity of a candidate-association (in case, the existence is already recorded);
- information regarding the candidate-association’s work for the previous period;
- a draft plan of activities of the UNESCO Club for the next 12 months;
- list of association members;
- Full names of Club Management with reflection of full contact information (see UNESCO Club Regulations).
By using the name of UNESCO, Clubs take full responsibility to adhere to the principles underlying the Organization. Despite the fact that UNESCO enables Clubs to use their name with a consent of National Commissions for UNESCO and National Federations in a given country, this does not create official connection between UNESCO Clubs and UNESCO, since their activities are the responsibility of the National Commissions and National Associations/Federations, which also are in charge of all activities in given country that have the word “UNESCO” in their titles. UNESCO Clubs are financially and legally autonomous.
Many National Federations/Associations and Clubs maintain relations with UNESCO, mainly through the UNESCO Clubs and New Partners Branch, which is part of the External Relations and Cooperation Sector, and also with the Program Section at UNESCO Headquarters. In addition, they increasingly turn to regional offices and to UNESCO consultants and attachés around the world. Such cooperation turned out to be very effective, since the employees of UNESCO offices can help the Clubs in their activities, they can also assist in the areas in which the Organization specializes or in holding meetings and launching projects.