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Gambia National Commission for Unesco

Contact Address:
Gambia National Commission
for Unesco

Banjul Head Office
14/15 Marina Parade
PO Box 1133, Banjul
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: 4225275
Fax:     422 5297


The Gambia was inaugurated into the membership of UNESCO on the 1st August, 1973. In 1983 the National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM) was set up to act as an intermediary link between the Government of The Gambia and UNESCO as well as to guarantee active participation in relevant cultural and education programmes.

This was the result of a Cabinet decision taken the year before (11 March 1982) to establish the body in The Gambia.

The NATCOM secretariat also co-ordinates the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) programmes in the country. Furthermore it cooperates with the office in Dakar (BREDA).

Members of the commission are chosen from different ministries, institutions and Non-governmental organisations working in UNESCO's areas of activity. The Secretary General is secretary of the commission and head of the secretariat.

Since 1973 UNESCO has had a keen commitment to supporting development initiatives in The Gambia with a particular emphasis on culture, education, communication, science as well as the culture of peace, women's issues and HIV/AIDS among others.

Structure of The Commission
The Secretariat;

A Commission comprised of 6 members, which meets every quarter. Ad-hoc meetings can also be assembled as required;

6 Technical Committees, which correspond with UNESCO's fields of competence: Culture, Science, Communication, Education and Water Resources control. These Committees meet as required, each of them being made up of 5 people.

Committees or Sub-Committees:
There are 5 technical committees, for education, science, culture, communication and the 'Man and the Biosphere' programme.

Overseas Branches:
Permanent Delegation of the Gambia to UNESCO
Maison de l'UNESCO Bureau MR24 1
rue Miollis 75732
Cedex 15
Telephone: +

The National Federation of
The Gambia UNESCO Clubs and Centres
NAFGUC is a voluntary umbrella organization.
14/15 Marina Parade
PO Box 4611

Telephone number. 4225275
Fx:                         4225297

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