March 24, 2017

CCUNESCO is now accepting applications for its 

Sectoral Commissions


The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is launching a call for applications to identify potential individuals interested in being actively involved in the work of one of its three (3) Sectoral Commissions:

  • Education;
  • Natural, Social and Human Sciences;
  • Culture, Communication and Information.

Additional information on the Sectoral Commissions’ mandate and priority themes, as well as the application form can be found here.

Interested applicants are invited to fill in the application form and return it before April 12 to

October 26, 2016


UNESCO Launches New Report on Education 

On Friday, October 28, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Global Affairs Canada and CODE (formerly the Canadian Organization for Development through Education) will co-host the Canadian launch of the 2016 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report. The launch, which will be held in Ottawa, will highlight key findings from the report and the accompanying 2016 Gender Review. It will also feature a high-level panel of education experts, practitioners and government representatives. 

Read more about the launch / Download the report

“Education plays an essential role in UNESCO’s efforts to build a more inclusive and peaceful world,” says Sébastien Goupil, Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. “The Canadian launch of the 2016 GEM Report reminds us that our country needs to demonstrate leadership, in Canada and abroad, to implement Agenda 2030. This is particularly true for SDG 4, which is so important in building sustainable futures for all.”     


October 19, 2016

Our networks’ best practices featured in UNESCO’s Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development

Launched at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, UNESCO’s Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development places culture, creativity and Canada’s leadership at the heart of the New Urban Agenda. CCUNESCO networks’ best practices are showcased in this report, which:

October 13, 2016

Canadian Leadership on Inclusive Cities

Canadian Commission for UNESCO to co-host major panels at Habitat III

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) is pleased to co-host, along with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), two panels on inclusive cities. The panels are part of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, or Habitat III, taking place in Quito, Ecuador between October 17 and 20, 2016.

Culture, Social Innovation and Indigenous expertise will be at the heart of the discussions featuring Canadian leaders such as Mayor of Montréal Denis Coderre and Becky A. Sasakamoose Kuffner, Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Consultant for the City of Saskatoon (Treaty Six Territory). The City of Montréal and the City of Saskatoon are both signatory municipalities of our Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD). Read more

Visit our webpage dedicated to Habitat III for different resources for inclusion and follow us on Twitter @CCUNESCO_Canada

October 4, 2016

New documentary series on Canada's Biosphere Reserves!

Striking Balance is an eight-part documentary series coming to TVO starting October 4th at 9:00 p.m., which explores Canada’s Biosphere Reserves. People have been a part of nearly every Canadian landscape for thousands of years, and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves are a way to think about nature that includes people as part of the environment. For those living in Canada’s Biosphere Reserves (approximately 2,000 000 people), the environment is only healthy if human communities and the ecosystems that sustain them are both thriving. Read more 

‘‘Innovative community engagement is at the heart of these initiatives, which balance biodiversity protection with local needs. We are pleased to see this work recognized by TVO’s new series, which will further help connect Canadians to these extraordinary places.’’ - Sébastien Goupil, CCUNESCO Secretary-General

Each episode will be available across Canada at following the first broadcast. Watch the series trailer:                                    

September 22, 2016

CCUNESCO is now accepting applications for its Youth Advisory Group (YAG)

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) has positions to fill in its Youth Advisory Group (YAG). If you are between the ages of 18-30, are actively engaged in your community and connect with UNESCO’s mission and vision, submit your application now!

Members of our YAG help identify the issues and concerns of youth in their communities, provide recommendations, and help us develop new initiatives and activities locally, regionally and nationally. They also take part in UNESCO-related events, such as our Annual General Meeting and the consultations in preparation for the UNESCO Youth Forum, and act as liaisons between their organizations and networks, and the Commission.  YAG members are key players to ensure youth engagement in UNESCO programmes and activities in Canada. 

If interested, please submit your application form along with your résumé before October 17, 2016 to  
For more information on the YAG please click here. 

September 7, 2016

Launch of CCUNESCO’s Report on Activities 2015/16 
A fresh new digital experience

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Report on Activities 2015/16  is out! Completely web-based, this interactive report features the accomplishments of our network of networks in implementing Agenda 2030 as well as CCUNESCO’s overarching priorities of peace, equity and sustainable development. Help us promote UNESCO’s work in Canada by sharing this report with your networks!

NEW this year: Members’ Corner

Our Report on Activities now includes a Members’ Corner that displays stories about how members followed through on the 2015 AGM’s Call to Action for Bridging Cultural Divides. The aim is to provide our members and partners with a public platform to feature their initiatives and inspire Canadians.    

Showcase your success stories on Members’ Corner by filling out this form to share your news with your networks!

July 17, 2016

''When Life Got Big'' - Canada's New World Heritage Site Holds the History of Life On Earth

ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 17, 2016 — The coastal cliffs of Mistaken Point (south-eastern tip of Newfoundland) have been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Of deep marine origin, these cliffs date to the Edicarean Period (580-560 million years ago), representing the oldest known assemblages of large fossils anywhere. These fossils illustrate a watershed in the history of life on earth: the appearance of large, biologically complex organisms, after almost three billion years of micro-dominated evolution. Learn more.  There are now 18 World Heritage Sites in Canada. 

Photo: Mistaken Point by Dr. Guy Narbonne

June 27, 2016

Sébastien Goupil Appointed Secretary General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Ottawa, June 27, 2016 – The Canada Council for the Arts is delighted to announce the appointment of Sébastien Goupil as Secretary General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO). 

''I look forward to working with Mr. Goupil in these exciting times as we join forces with UNESCO to implement the Sustainable Development goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030'' said Christina Cameron, CCUNESCO’s President.

Mr. Goupil is currently Acting Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Librarian and Archivist of Canada at Library and Archives Canada. He will take up his functions on August 8, 2016.  Read more

June 21, 2016

National Poetry Contest on ''Refugees & Human Rights’’ 

To raise awareness on Human Rights and to reflect on the situation of the refugees, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and COSTI Immigrant Services invited students grade 4 to 12 to write a poem on the theme of ''Refugees and Human Rights''. Hundreds of students from schools across the country submitted touching and inspiring poems and some of them were read during the celebrations of World Refugee Day in Ottawa, on June 20, 2016. 

Read all the winning poems here

Check out photos of the award ceremony 

For more info, contact UNHCR Canada at

May 3, 2016

18th Annual World Press Freedom Day Awards Luncheon

OTTAWA. On World Press Freedom Day (May 3), CCUNESCO and the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) hosted the 18th Annual World Press Freedom Day Awards Luncheon. Suzanne Legault, Canada’s Information Commissioner, gave an address at the luncheon, along with Élaine Ayotte, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Canada to UNESCO, and Simon Brault, CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The CCWPF has chosen Ben Makuch, a Canadian national security reporter with Vice News, as the 18th winner of the Press Freedom Award. This year, honourable mentions were also given to Linda Gyulai of the Montreal Gazette, and to Josée Dupuis and Emmanuel Marchand of Radio-Canada. Read more 

Photo: Michelle Chawla, Acting Secretary-General, Elaine Ayotte, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Canada to UNESCO, Mohamed Fahmy, Winner of the 2014 Canadian Press Freedom Award, Ben Makuch, Winner of the 2015 Canadian Press Freedom Award, Pauline Dugré, Program Officer, CCUNESCO, and Simon Brault, CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. Photo: Michelle Chawla, Acting Secretary-General, Elaine Ayotte, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Canada to UNESCO, Mohamed Fahmy, Winner of the 2014 Canadian Press Freedom Award, Ben Makuch, Winner of the 2015 Canadian Press Freedom Award, Pauline Dugré, Program Officer, CCUNESCO, and Simon Brault, CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Winners of the International Editorial Cartoon Competition were announced at the luncheon

“The right to be forgotten” was the theme of this year’s International Editorial Cartoon Competition and is in reference to the removal of valuable records from the Internet. This year, over 400 cartoon entries from around the world were received. The first prize went to Dale Cummings of Winnipeg. Two citations of merit were also given to RogerTweedt of France and Bruce MacKinnon of Halifax.  See their powerful cartoons here

World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Learn more about WPFD

Dale Cummings, Canada. World Press Freedom Cartoon 2015

March 31, 2016

UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, and Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Élaine Ayotte, visited us in Ottawa on March 29. Ms. Bokova was ''very impressed by CCUNESCO members’ engagement towards issues related to learning to live together, gender equality and human rights, to name but a few.'' Needless to say that was music to our ears!

For more information

Photo: Simon Brault, CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, Irina Bokova, UNESCO's Director-General, Christina Cameron, CCUNESCO's President

Photo: Michelle Chawla, Acting Secretary General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and Director General, Strategy and Public Affairs at Canada Council for the Arts, Christina Cameron, CCUNESCO's President, Élaine Ayotte, Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and Simon Brault, CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts

March 21, 2016

OTTAWA, March 21, 2016 – Tsá-Tué (Northwest Territories) and the Beaver Hills (Alberta) have been designated as biosphere reserves by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Currently, the Canadian Biosphere Reserves network consists of 18 sites distributed over nine provinces and territories. Biosphere reserves are recognized under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme as ecologically significant regions that promote sustainability and conservation by engaging all community stakeholders and supporting research and monitoring.

For more information

October 22, 2015 

CCUNESCO Networks contribute to a Canadian publication on Climate Change!

The UNESCO Chair for Dialogues on Sustainability (McGill) has launched the e-publication ‘‘Acting on Climate Change: Extending the dialogue among Canadians’’. This collection of texts is a response to ‘‘Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars’’, a publication released earlier this year. CCUNESCO has led the inclusion of perspectives from youth and local communities through its Youth Advisory Group and Biosphere Reserves. The publications were also presented to students from theUNESCO Associated Schools Network across Canada via webinars.   

Download the publication 

The conclusion text is a Call to Action produced by the two students from Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve, who participated in the latest Students on Ice Arctic Expedition through the support of CCUNESCO and the Government of Quebec. This very inspiring video on the topic has been presented at the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum (Paris, October 26-28):