As of November 2011[update], UNESCO members include 195 member states and 8 associate members. Some members have additional National Organizing Committees (NOCs) for some of their dependent territories. The associate members are non-independent states.
Member States 
Associate members 
This is the list of the 8 associate members of UNESCO and the date on which they became associate members:
- Aruba (20 October 1987)
- British Virgin Islands(24 November 1983)
- Cayman Islands (30 October 1999)
- Curaçao (25 October 2011)[note 10]
- Faroes (12 October 2009)
- Macao, China (25 October 1995)
- Sint Maarten (25 October 2011)[note 10]
- Tokelau (15 October 2001)
There are 2 Permanent Observers and 10 intergovernmental organizations with Permanent Observer Missions to UNESCO.
- Non-member States
- Intergovernmental organizations
- African Union
- Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization
- Council of Europe
- European Union
- Inter-American Development Bank
- Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
- Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences
- Latin Union
- League of Arab States
- Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture
See also 
- Some of the dependent territories of China, Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom are associate members of UNESCO.
- The former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) became a Member State on 31 March 1950. The participation of Yugoslavia in meetings of governing bodies and conferences of UNESCO was suspended following Resolution 47/1 adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 22 September 1992, which stated that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) could not continue automatically the membership of the former SFRY. Accordingly, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which became a Member State on 20 December 2000, could not automatically succeed the former SFRY as a member of the Organization. Following the adoption of the Constitutional Charter of Serbia and Montenegro by the Assembly of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on 4 February 2003, the name of the State of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia has been changed to "Serbia and Montenegro". Further to the Declaration of Independence adopted by the Parliament of Montenegro on 3 June 2006, UNESCO has been informed that the membership of the State Union Serbia and Montenegro in UNESCO is continued by the Republic of Serbia on the basis of Article 60 of the Constitutional Charter of Serbia and Montenegro.
- Niue does not have a National Organizing Committee established so far.
- On 31 October 2011, the UNESCO General Conference in Paris admitted Palestine as a UNESCO member state, with 107 votes in favour of admission and 14 votes against, with 52 abstentions (a two-thirds majority vote in favour by member states is required). The decision took effect on 2011-11-23 when Palestine ratified UNESCO’s constitution. 
- Previously a Member State from 11 March 1965 to 31 December 1972.
- Previously a Member State from 28 October 1965 to 31 December 1985.
- Previously a Member State from 4 November 1946 (founding member) to 31 December 1956.
- Previously a Member State from 4 November 1946 (founding member) to 31 December 1985.
- Previously a Member State from 4 November 1946 (founding member) to 31 December 1984.
- The Netherlands Antilles became associate member of UNESCO on 26 October 1983. On Sunday 10 October 2010, a new status of the Netherlands Antilles came into effect, by which the Dutch Caribbean dependency of the Netherlands Antilles has ceased to exist with a change of the five islands' constitutional status. Under the new status, Curacao and St Maarten will enjoy internal self-government within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, joining Aruba, which gained similar status in 1986. Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba have become part of the Netherlands. The Netherlands retains responsibility for defence and foreign policy. These changes constitute a modification of the internal constitutional relations within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Kingdom will remain the subject of international law with which agreements are concluded.
- UNESCO official site: List of the 195 Member States (and the 8 Associate Members) of UNESCO and the date on which they became members (or Associate Members) of the Organization, as of 23 November 2011
- UNESCO official site: General Conference admits Palestine as UNESCO Member State, 31.11.2011
- WADA. "Summary update on Government progress to become a State Party to the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
- UNESCO. "UNESCO - Singapore - official relations". Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- UNESCO. "UNESCO Permanent delegations". Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- UNESCO. "Directory of Permanenent Delegations and Permanent Observer Missions to UNESCO". Retrieved 2011-11-01.
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