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An intergovernmental organisation, ISSN is comprised of bodies that govern its operations.

  • General Assembly
  • Governing Board
  • Directors’ meetings

General Assembly

The General Assembly meets every two years.

Its main missions include:
- defining the general orientations of the Centre’s activities,
- electing the members of the Governing Board, and
- establishing the amount of member States’ contributions.

It includes:
- a representative from each State that has acceded to the ISSN International Centre’s Statutes, including the host State, and
- the representative of the Director General of UNESCO.

The host State is the one where the ISSN International Centre carries out its activities. From the outset this has been France.

Governing Board

The Governing Board meets once a year in an ordinary session.

Its main missions include:
- establishing the programmes and directives for the ISSN International Centre’s work,
- adopting the International Centre’s work programme and budget, and
- approving the International Centre Director’s annual report.

It includes:
- a representative of the host State,
- a representative of the Director General of UNESCO, and
- 10 representatives of States that have acceded to the ISSN International Centre’s Statutes, who are elected by the General Assembly. The representatives’ term of office is renewable every two years.

Click on the link to see the list of the Members of the ISSN Governing Board

Directors’ meetings

The meetings of directors of ISSN National Centres are held every year.

They are used to:
-  exchange technical experience,
-  consult before taking technical decisions, and
-  discuss subjects concerning coordination and communication.

They are organised by the host institutions that host the National Centres.