The principal mission of the Permanent Delegation under the directives of the Honourable Minister of Education and President of the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM) and in collaboration with the Commission are as follows:
- Act as the channel of communication between Nigeria and UNESCO on all matters.
- Keep the Nigerian government abreast of developments in UNESCO through regular reports on the programmes and activities of the organization.
- Keep all the collaborating Nigerian ministries/parastatals and other bodies, both governmental and non-governmental, especially the ministries of Science and Technology; Culture, Tourism and National Orientation; Communication; Information; Women/Youth; Sports; and Foreign Affairs, fully informed of programmes and activities in UNESCO for their participation.
- Provide support and facilitate the participation of Nigerian delegates attending conferences, meetings and events, both at the Headquarters of UNESCO in Paris and away from the Headquarters as may be relevant and appropriate.
- Participate in all inter-sessional meetings and conventional meetings to which delegates cannot come from home.
- Participate in all briefing meetings of the Director-General of the Assistant Director-General (ADGs) of Programme Sectors etc, at the UNESCOP headquarters
- Participate in Regional Group Meetings at UNESCO Headquarters.
- Liaise with the Permanent Delegations of other Member States at UNESCO Headquarters on all issues of interest to Nigeria such as negotiations for reciprocal support and collaboration on both programme and bilateral matters that may be of interest and benefit to Nigeria.
- Follow-up of all requests from Nigeria for UNESCO support/technical assistance or sourcing for extra-budgetary funds on programmes, etc, submitted by Nigeria to UNESCO to their fair and final attention and action by UNESCO.
- Encourage qualified Nigerians to apply for employment in UNESCO and take necessary follow-up action to ensure that UNESCO accords fair and appropriate attention to them, subject to UNESCO’s normal employment procedures.
- Discharge all other “ad-hoc” duties that may arise in the course of the normal discharge of statutory duties of the Delegation and/or as may be assigned by the Honourable Minister of