A leading organization in the advancement of peace, sustainable development and intellectual collaboration

To promote building of peace, eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intellectual dialogue through education, sciences, culture, communication and information

KNATCOM derives its mandate and functions from;

  • The UNESCO Constitution;
  • The Charter of the National Commissions for UNESCO; and
  • The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO Act of 2013.

Generally, the functions of the National Commission are to;

  1. ensure permanent presence of UNESCO in Kenya;
  2. disseminate information on UNESCO;
  3. coordinate ratification of UNESCO related international conventions and protocols;
  4. coordinate, Kenyan delegations to all UNESCO international foras;
  5. participate in the planning and execution of UNESCO activities;
  6. collaborate with other National Commissions in UNESCO globally;
  7. participate in the search for candidates for UNESCO international prizes and awards;
  8. participate in the search for candidates for UNESCO jobs,
  9. assist in the placement of UNESCO fellowship holders;
  10. foster close liaison between institutions concerned with education, the sciences, culture and communication &information;
  11. coordinate capacity building in education, sciences, culture and communication&information;
  12. support mobilization of resources for implementation of UNESCO programmes and activities and to the evaluation thereof; and
  13. provide expert advisory service to the government in education, sciences, culture, and communication and information.

The operational environment is governed by a set of moral standards which constitute the desired organizational culture. These values are:

  1. Integrity:  Committed to operate in an honest, accountable and transparent manner in all undertakings.
  2. Professionalism: Commitment to the highest levels of achievement obtainable through competence and critical skills.
  3. Teamwork: Embracing teamwork and collaboration both within the KNATCOM for UNESCO and partners
  4. Excellence in Service: Upholding the highest standards in service delivery to all
  5. Courtesy: Endeavoring to be courteous to all clients at all times.
  6. Fidelity to law: Commitment to respecting the rule of law in all undertakings.

Who we are

A leading organization in the advancement of peace, sustainable development and intellectual collaboration

The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) was established in 1964 as a Department under the then Ministry of Education. This establishment was subsequent to Kenya’s Membership to UNESCO in April 7, 1964 as the 73rdMember and in line with UNESCO Constitution of 1945.

Over the years, KNATCOM has continued to promote and coordinate UNESCO’s activities in Kenya and supported UNESCO’s agenda at the international levels. At the same time, KNATCOM is also the point of contact for the Association for Development of Education for Africa (ADEA) and the Commonwealth.

KNATCOM was transformed into a State Corporation on 25th January, 2013 following the enactment of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO Act 2013. This transformation was consistent with Article VII of the UNESCO Constitution of 1945 and the provisions of the 1978 Charter of National Commissions for UNESCO.

As a Commission, KNATCOM has a dual mandate of promoting Kenya’s national interests in UNESCO and UNESCO’s international interests in Kenya, Regionally and Globally. In summary, the Commission: mobilizes financial, technical and informational resources from UNESCO;promotes collaborations between national and international institutions; promotes knowledge and information sharing; facilitates national and international policy formulation in the fields of education, sciences, culture and communication & information among many other functions.








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