- 1946- (Creation)
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The rules on what is to be considered as a Main documents have changed throughout UNESCO’s existence. According to the definition giving in the UNESCO Manual, Secretariat handbook on administrative methods and precedures, main documents are:
Main series documents are mostly programme documents of a definitive nature which are distributed to all Member States. They include i.a. reports of meetings, surveys, analysis of replies to questionnaires and bibliographical and clearing house material.
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Paper documents and later electronic versions
List of UNESCO Secretariat main series documents, 1947-1971: In chronological order by department/sector.
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As a rule, all documents should exist in English and French. There are some translations into Spanish, and more rarely into the other working languages.
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Revised, AWT, 2015.