The General Assembly is convened every two years by the Director of the International Centre. It consists of one representative of each of those Member States and Associate Members of UNESCO which have acceded to the Statutes, including the host State (France), and the representative of the Director General of UNESCO. Member States which have established National Centres and which are contributing financially to the International Centre, but which have not yet acceded to the Statutes, may send observers to meetings.
The General Assembly lays down the general policy governing the International Centre's activities, elects the members of the Governing Board, and fixes the amount of contributions of the Member States.
It may adopt amendments to the Statutes by majority vote including the votes of the representative of the host State and the representative of the Director General of UNESCO. The host State is the State in which the International Centre is established, which from the beginning has been France.