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Instruments are the specific documents that are prepared to give voice to the various commitments, understanding and or obligations undertaken by States. In certain cases, the instruments adopted under the Organization's auspices will be adopted not by the General Conference but by International Conferences of States convened by it. The Director-General is usually appointed as the depositary for such instruments. However, this responsibility may also be vested in the United Nations Secretary-General. This is the case in particular when the instrument has been adopted under the joint auspices of UNESCO and of one or more other organizations.

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Title: Bali Action Plan (2007) to UNFCCC

The Bali Road Map includes the Bali Action Plan, which charts the course for a new negotiating process designed to tackle climate change, with the aim of completing this by 2009. Much progress towards a post Kyoto regime was taken up and the coming on board of USA at the two week long conference was...

Title: Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters

To promote a strategic and systematic approach to reducing vulnerabilities and risks to hazards and it underscores the need for, and identifies ways of, building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. The plan of action identifies a need to enhance international and regional cooperation and assistance in the field of disaster risk reduction through: The...

Title: International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

The ISDR (February 2008) aims at building disaster resilient communities by promoting increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction as an integral component of sustainable development, with the goal of reducing human, social, economic and environmental losses due to natural hazards and related technological and environmental disasters. It operates through five...

Title: UNESCO Recommendations on the Safeguarding of Traditional Culture and Folklore (1989)

Defining folklore (or traditional and popular culture) as the totality of tradition-based creations of a cultural community, expressed by a group or individuals and recognized as reflecting the expectations of a community in so far as they reflect its cultural and social identity; its standards and values are transmitted orally, by imitation or by other means. Its forms are,...

Title: WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy

The main objectives of the WHO Traditional medicine activities are: To facilitate integration of traditional medicine into the national health care system by assisting Member States to develop their own national policies on traditional medicine; To promote the proper use of traditional medicine by developing and providing international standards, technical guidelines and...

Title: Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World

At the midpoint of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, the World Conference had identified, on the basis of national reports and technical discussions a course of action up to the end of the decade
(Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World: Guidelines for Natural Disaster Prevention, Preparedness and Mitigation 
World Conference on...