Philippine National Commission for UNESCO

The Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (also known as PH NatCom or UNACOM) was established by law (R.A 621 in 1951, amended by R.A. 892 in 1953 and R.A. 3849 in 1964) to honor the Philippines’ international commitment to UNESCO. PH NatCom’s original mandate was to serve as an advisory and liaison body bridging the work of relevant Philippine partners to UNESCO’s own work in educational, scientific and cultural matters and concerns.




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On 50th anniversary of Man and the Biosphere Programme, UNESCO and the UN call for a new relationship with nature


Paris, 25 March—Following UNESCO’s Forum on Biodiversity on 24 March, the Organization has called for the mobilization of governments, citizens and civil society, including the private sector, in favour of biodiversity through the a multi-partner fund currently being set up.

PH NatCom will participate in Day 2 to tackle Creative Cities

The British Council Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry – Design Center will hold a virtual event from March 16-19, 2021 entitled Drivers of Change. Leaders and changemakers will exchange ideas on the important role of creative hubs in the growth of the creative economy. Register by 15 March 2021.


09 February 2021, Paris, France – The Philippine Delegation co-headed by Ms. Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau, Deputy Permanent Delegate of the Philippine Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and Mr. John Francis S. Herrera, Director at Maritime and Ocean Affairs Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA-MOAO), actively participated in the 53rd Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Executive Council, which was held virtually from 01-09 February 2021.

2020 Asia Pacific Futures Network Virtual Conference: “Regenerating Asia 2050: Using Futures Literacy to Transform Governance, Culture, and Economy” 19-21 November 2020

Over a short span of time, our lives as we know it was suddenly changed due to the
COVID-19 pandemic. Our usual get-together with friends or family–whether in a mall or in a
resort—were restricted during the height of the pandemic as new rules, such as social
distancing, were enforced to contain the spread of the virus.

Photo exhibition: “Protecting UNESCO’s Marine World Heritage through scientific research”

UNESCO launched a photo exhibition entitled “Protecting UNESCO’s Marine World Heritage through scientific research” at the UNESCO headquarters from 07 October 2020 to 30 October 2020. 

Read about the recent launch of the “Futures of Education: Learning to Become” (A Polylogue)

On 28 August 2020, The Philippine Futures Thinking Society (PhilFutures), in cooperation with the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PhNatCom), Northwestern University, Center for Engaged Foresight, Philippine Society for Public Administration, Millennium Project,

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