Normative documents

UNESCO has the authority to develop and adopt international universal normative documents in the field of communication and information.

UNESCO Agreements and Conventions:

  • Agreement for Facilitating the International Circulation of Visual and Auditory Materials of an Educational, Scientific and Cultural Character; Protocol of Signature and a Document about the certified copy deposit in accordance with Article IV of the above Agreement (Beirut Agreement) (December 10, 1948).
  • Convention on International Exchange of Publications (December 3, 1958).
  • Convention Relating to the Distribution of Program-Carrying Signals Transmitted by Satellite (Brussels Convention, 21 May 1974).  

UNESCO Recommendations:

  • Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images (27 October 1980).
  • Recommendation concerning the International Standardization of Library Statistics (13 November 1970).
  • Recommendation concerning the International Standardization of Statistics on Radio and Television (22 November 1976).
  • Revised Recommendation concerning the International Standardization of Educational Statistics (27 November 1978).
  • Revised Recommendation Concerning the International Standardization of Statistics on the Production and Distribution of Books, Newspapers and Periodicals (1 November 1958).  
  • Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace (2003).  

UNESCO Declarations:

  • Declaration of Guiding Principles on the Use of Satellite Broadcasting for the Free Flow of Information, the Spread of Education and Greater Cultural Exchange (15 November 1972).
  • Declaration on Fundamental Principles concerning the Contribution of the Mass Media to Strengthening Peace and International Understanding, to promote human rights and the fight against racism, apartheid and incitement to war (22 November 1978). UNESCO Charters:
  • Charter on the Preservation of Digital Heritage (2003).  

Significance for Russia:
• The Conventions are used when creating Russian regulations. They establish an internationally recognized framework for the protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage, the status of artists, copyright law; they regulate the international exchanges of book editions.