What is the purpose of Unesco couponsIn many countries the shortage of foreign currency hinders the importation of books, publications and scientific material.
In some of these countries Unesco Coupons, whose value is expressed in United States dollars, are sold for national currency to educators, research workers and students who use them to pay for their foreign purchases.
As a general rule, all publications, films and material intended for educational, scientific or cultural purposes can be purchased with Unesco Coupons.
The Coupons are issued in the following values: $1,000, $100, $30, $10, $3, $1; 'blank' Coupons, which can be made out by the distributing body for amounts from 1 to 99 U.S. cents, are also available.
Where and how can Unesco coupons be purchased?
In every user country there is a body responsible for the sale of the Coupons; as a rule, this is the National Commission for Unesco. This agency supplies information on request, concerning the purchase of the Coupons.
How does one use Unesco coupons?
Users pay for the Coupons in national currency at the official United Nations rate of exchange on the day of purchase. National distributing bodies may add a surcharge to cover handling costs, but this may not exceed 5 per cent of the value of the Coupons.
Coupon users should send WPSA the Coupons corresponding to the price of the material, including where necessary, the cost of insurance and postage.
For more information visit the Unesco website