UNESCO. Social and Human Sciences Sector. Executive Office

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UNESCO. Social and Human Sciences Sector. Executive Office

Parallel form(s) of name

  • UNESCO. Secteur des sciences sociales et humaines. Bureau exécutif

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  • SHS/EO

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Dates of existence

2002 -


Since its creation, the organizational structure of UNESCO has included supporting offices to the heads of programme. From 1946 to 1948, there was an Office of the Head of Section for the Social Sciences Section. Following this, there was an Office of the Director for the Department of Social Science from 1948 until 1974. From 1976 to 2000, there has been an Office of the Assistant Director-General. In October 2000, Executive Offices were created in most sectors, pooling together coordination, evaluation, administrative and information services within the offices of the Assistant Directors-General. This structure was only introduced in the Social and Human Sciences Sector in 2002.

Smaller units have sometimes directly been placed in the Office of the Assistant Director-General or Executive Office. Over time, this has included the following units: Administrative Unit, 1976-2002; Publications Unit, 1976-1991; Publications and Documentation Unit in 1991-1992; Publications Unit, 1993-2002; Unit for the Least Developed Countries, 1991-1994; Unit for the Institutional Development of Social and Human Sciences (SHS/IST), 1991-1992; Coordination and Evaluation Unit, 1978-2005; Unit of Bio-ethics, 1992-1994; Coordinating Unit for Activities Relating to Women, 1993-1994; Unit for Tolerance, 1994-1996; World Summit for Social Development Unit, 1994-1997; Cooperation for Development, 1994-2001; Administration and Finance Section, 2003-2009; Anti-Poverty Program Unit, 2004-2006; Communication, Information and Publications Unit, 2003-2007; Supervisor Coordination Unit – Anti-Poverty and Human Rights Programme, 2007-2008; Unit for Coordination of Information and Publications, 2008; Section for the Coordination of Information and Publication, 2009; Unit for Communication and Information, 2010-2011; Unit for Publications, 2010-2011.

SHS/EO has not always had a head of unit since it was introduced in 2002. The Chiefs of the Executive Office were: John Nkinyangi, 2004; Alexander Schischlik, 2008-2010; (Acting) Maya Makhlouf 2010-2011; and, Julius Banda, 2011-present.


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Entered after review of administrative history by Chief Archivist, AWT, 1-4-2016.




  • UNESCO. (3 July 2000). Restructuring of the Secretariat at Headquarters. DG/Note/00/15. Available internally in UNESDOC, accessed 22-1-2016: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001516/151636e.pdf
  • UNESCO. (2002-2010). “Who’s Who?” On Social and Human Sciences Webpage. Retrieved from Internet Archive Wayback Machine, 22-1-2016.
  • UNESCO Archives, Archive Group 6: Secretariat Documents, Staff Lists.

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