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Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré

Presidency Speech

Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré was previously elected as member of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee on behalf of IFBPW (December 2016-2018) and is a member of the Collective Consultation of NGOs coordinating group  on Education (CCNGO/Education2030). In December 2018 she was elected as Chair of the International Conference of NGOs and President of  the NGO­-UNESCO Liaison Committee.

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

Political and economic arrangements of governments are not enough to secure the lasting and sincere support of the peoples. Peace must be founded upon dialogue and mutual understanding. Peace must be built upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of humanity.


In this spirit, UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations. UNESCO fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression, as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. Serving as a laboratory of ideas, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programmes that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing.



November 15, 2021

UNESCO 41st General Conference - Plenary & General Policy Debate

Speech of Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, BPW International UN Representative to UNESCO, Paris, delivered during the Plenary and the General Policy Debate of the 41st session of the General Conference.

Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré is at present a NGO­-UNESCO Liaison Committee Member, elected for the Europe and North America Region.

November 9, 2021

41st UNESCO General Plenary in Paris - November 9-24, 2021

41st UNESCO Plenary in Paris, November 9 - 24, 2021

Every year in the fall, UNESCO in Paris organizes its plenary session. This year the Director-General Mrs. Audrey Azoulay was elected for a second mandate. If you would like to follow the sessions, please choose the General Conference Live Stream

September 19, 2021

UNESCO Director-General on Afghanistan

UNESCO Director-General expresses deep concern over the exclusion of girls from school reopening

UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay expressed her deep concern over the announcement made in Afghanistan to gradually reopen secondary schools for boys and their male teachers only, leaving girls and women behind.

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March 3, 2021

Des ONG solidaires face à la pandémie

Invitation à une réunion de présentation du rapport sur le projet solidarité d'ONG partenaires de l'UNESCO pour lutter contre la pandémie.

Aux représentants des ONG partenaires de l’UNESCO, Au printemps 2020, en début de pandémie et devant la catastrophe humaine qui s’annonçait, un groupe d’ONG partenaires a décidé en toute transparence et ponctuellement de mutualiser les remontées d'information du terrain et de soutenir les associations locales.

Ce projet a donné lieu à un rapport qui met en avant le formidable élan de solidarité mondial de la société civile et la force de proposition des ONG pour définir des futures priorités post-COVID. Ce rapport a reçu un très bon accueil de la part de la Directrice générale et le projet bénéficie par ailleurs du soutien de M. J. Y. Le Saux et du secteur SHS qui a écrit et publié un article sur le site UNESCO. (en anglais).

Vous pouvez télécharger le rapport du projet ici.

C’est ce rapport de solidarité qui témoigne du dynamisme du partenariat entre ONG et avec l'UNESCO dans différents pays face à des situations inédites que nous souhaiterions vous présenter lors d’une rencontre virtuelle par zoom

e 10 mars 2021 à 12h CET

Lien pour le zoom :
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83725060818?pwd=Y05KMWdhLzlCdGdJcWdFODh0WGxMZz09 - ID de réunion : 837 2506 0818 - Code secret : 011620

Merci de confirmer votre présence à l'adresse mail ci-dessous.
Dans cette attente, prenez soin de vous et de vos proches.

  • Lisbeth Gouin, Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Préscolaire
  • Marie Claude Allez, Mouvement International ATD Quart Monde
  • France Marquet, South Asia Foundation
  • Gabrielle de Milleville, Make Mothers Matter
  • Christine Roche, Centre Catholique International de Coopération avec l'UNESCO
  • Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, Business and Professional Women International
  • Victoria Barrès, Association Montessori Internationale
  • Maria Antonietta Malleo, International Fellowship of Reconciliation

Site du projet : https://www.reseausolidariteong.com/

October 19, 2020

"World Tales" short story competition

UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch “World Tales” Short Story Competition.

Extension of deadline for submission:

31 December 2020 at midnight (CET).

September 7, 2020


This week’s  SAVE OUR FUTURE’ s theme is Education & the Most Vulnerable.


Find here the digital toolkit.

May 14, 2020

Series of international webinars addressing racism, discrimination and exclusion

“Inclusion in the time of COVID-19”

Fifth edition: Thursday 14 May 2020 from 16:00 to 17:30 CEST


  • H.E. Ingjerd Schou (Vice President of the Storting, Norway)
  • Nandita Das (Artist andFilmmaker, Member of the International Jury for the 2018 Edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence)
  • Ayfer Yazkan Kubal (Municipality Councillor and Head of EU and External Relations, City of Kadiköy, Turkey)
  • Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr (Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone)



  • Juan Pablo Ramirez-Miranda (UNESCO)



Password: 205995


Register in advance here to save the webinar in your calendar.

Language of the event: English

Série de webinaires internationaux contre le racisme, la discrimination et l’exclusion

« L’inclusion aux temps du COVID-19 »

Cinquième édition : Jeudi 14 mai 2020 de 16h00 à 17h30 UTC+2


  • S. Exc. Ingjerd Schou (Vice-présidente du Storting, Norvège)
  • Nandita Das (Actrice et réalisatrice, membre du Jury international de l’édition 2018 du Prix UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh pour la promotion de la tolérance et de la non-violence)
  • Ayfer Yazkan Kubal (Conseillère municipale et responsable des relations extérieures et avec l’UE, Ville de Kadiköy, Turquie)
  • Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr (Maire de Freetown, Sierra Leone)



  • Juan Pablo Ramirez-Miranda (UNESCO)



Mot de passe : 205995


Enregistrez-vous ici en avance pour noter le webinaire dans votre calendrier.

Langue de l’événement : anglais

March 30, 2020

Dec 11, 2019

11th International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO


UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 16-17 December 2019


Please find the Preliminary Programme of the Forum (pdf EN and pdf FR).


It will be available on UNESCO website under


as well as on the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee’s website under www.ong-unesco.org.


We invite you to disseminate this information and to register as soon as possible on the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee website:  www.ong-unesco.org.

Nov 17, 2019

40th General Conference of UNESCO, Speech by Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, Chair of the NGO Liaison Committee; Nov 16, 2019

40th General Conference of UNESCO, Nov 16, 2019

Declaration for International Federation of Business and Professional Women, read by Nathalie Mourrain, BPW Paris

Oct 22, 2019

Speech by Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, Chairperson of the ICNGO and UNESCO-NGO Liaison Committee, at the Executive Board-Item 11, October 18, 2019

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> Video (fr)

Speech by Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, Chairperson of the ICNGO and UNESCO-NGO Liaison Committee, at the NGP Committee, October 11, 2019

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> Video (fr)

Sept 12, 2019

UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize

(ICT in Education Prize)

Please allow me to remind you that the 2019 call for nominations is currently running  until 31 October 2019 (midnight, Paris time).


We would be very pleased if in 2019, your organization in official partnership with UNESCO would again present candidates for the Prize, endowed with US $50,000 divided between two recipients.

The theme of 2019 Prize is The use of Artificial Intelligence to innovate education, teaching and learning.

For more detailed information on eligibility criteria, submission and nomination process, please see the Flyer attached and visit UNESCO ICT in education Prize webpage

We would very much appreciate your support in sharing the announcement widely on your websites and through your social media channels, and encouraging relevant stakeholders doing good work in the area of ICT in education to apply.

Let us know if you are interested in nominating a project/programme for the Prize, and don’t hesitate to get back to us atictprize@unesco.org if you need further clarifications.

Thank you very much in advance for your consideration and cooperation.


Secretariat of the UNESCOKing Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in Education

Unit for ICT in Education 

Sept 27,  2019

ONG et comité de liaison ONG/UNESCO à Tunis : la Vie des 4 jours

NGOs and NGO/UNESCO Liaison Committee in Tunis: Life of the 4 Days

A video on interviews made during the international NGO-UNESCO forum in Tunis, Tunisia, on migration. Dr. Catherine Bosshart participated and spoke on migration, Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré spoke of BPW and women for peace (after 4' ), while moderating a workshop on education and migration.

Video from December 12, 2018