- The Cultural Activities Committee is the advisory body established by the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) to consider proposals of cultural activities submitted to the United Nations Office at Geneva. The Cultural Activities Committee shall make recommendations for approval by the Director-General.
- The Cultural Activities Committee shall review and consider proposals for cultural activities submitted by a Member State or observer through its Permanent Mission, by the United Nations Secretariat or its staff associations, by a Secretariat department/office or organ/body or by a specialized agency or other United Nations institution. Any proposal originating from a Non-Governmental Organization must be submitted by one of the aforementioned entities.
- The Cultural Activities Committee deliberates and exercises its authority independently. Its decisions are guided by the relevant rules and procedures governing the use of the premises of UNOG (IC/Geneva/2005/14) and by the rules and criteria set forth below.
- Decisions by the Cultural Activities Committee shall be final and, unless otherwise expressly agreed, shall be taken by consensus.
Review of proposals
- A cultural activity is an activity promoting dialogue among civilizations as defined in General Assembly resolution A/RES/56/6 and confirmed by General Assembly resolution A/RES/60/4.
- Any proposal of a cultural activity shall be communicated to the Cultural Activities Committee through its Chairman or Coordinator at least three months before the proposed date of the cultural activity. The proposal shall be accompanied by a detailed description.
- The cultural activity must be compatible with the values, purposes and principles of the United Nations, in both content and presentation and shall not be of a profit generating or otherwise commercial nature.
- The theme(s) of the cultural activity must be international or universal in character and of relevance to the fields of activity of United Nations institutions. Proposals focusing on a specific individual, country or Non-Governmental Organization shall be authorized only if the subject has a direct relationship or relevance to the goals or activities of the United Nations, and is fully supported by it.
- The Cultural Activities Committee may, at its discretion, reject a proposal in part or in its entirety, or require the elimination or alteration of any part thereof, in particular if it considers the proposal apt to contravene the promotion of a dialogue among civilizations.
- Following the review of the Cultural Activities Committee, the Director-General shall inform the Requesting Entity of his decision.
Organization of a cultural activity