Agreement for Facilitating the International Circulation of Visual and Auditory Materials of an Educational, Scientific and Cultural Character
- Type: Convention
- Date of signature: 10/12/1948
- Place of signature: Beirout, Lebanon
- Depositary: Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
- Date of entry into force: 12/08/1954
What is it about?
This Convention was adopted under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Contracting Parties are held not to levy duties, apply quantitative restrictions or to require import licenses for the permanent or temporary introduction of visual and auditory materials of an educational, scientific or cultural character, that have been produced within the territory of a Contracting Party. Such materials include films, filmstrips and microfilms, all kind of sound recordings, as well as slides, patterns, models and wall charts, maps and posters. In order to benefit from the provisions of this Agreement, materials intended for import by a Contracting Party need a certificate delivered by the State of origin or by the UNESCO, attesting an educational, scientific or cultural character.
Why is it relevant?
The ratification of this instrument facilitates the international circulation of visual and auditory materials of an educational, scientific or cultural character. The goals of this Agreement are similar to those stipulated in the Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials (New York, 22 November 1950), but its provisions only apply to specific items.
The State parties reserve the right to refuse the import of materials constituting a threat to public safety or order. A model form of a certificate attesting an educational, scientific or cultural character is annexed to the Agreement. Any state member to the UN can become a Party to this Agreement.
- Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials (New York, 22 November 1950) 1. Nairobi Protocol, 26 November 1976.