|Formation||16 November 1945 or 4 November 1946|
|Headquarters||Place de Fontenoy, Paris, France|
Director-General of UNESCO
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (
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References and notes
- IDAMS – proprietary software package for processing and analysing numerical data developed, maintained and disseminated by UNESCO.
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On February 16 and 17 of 2012 UNESCO held a conference entitled, "The Media World after WikiLeaks and News of the World." Despite all six panels being focused on WikiLeaks, no member of WikiLeaks staff were invited to speak. After receiving a complaint from WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson, UNESCO invited him to attend, but did not offer a place on any panels.  The offer also came only a week before the conference, which was held in Paris, France. Many of the speakers featured, including David Leigh and Heather Brooke, had spoken out openly against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange in the past. WikiLeaks released a press statement on February 15, 2012 denouncing UNESCO which stated, "UNESCO has made itself an international human rights joke. To use "freedom of expression" to censor WikiLeaks from a conference about WikiLeaks is an Orwellian absurdity beyond words. This is an intolerable abuse of UNESCO’s Constitution. It’s time to occupy UNESCO."  Included in the statement were the emails sent between WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson and organizers of the UNESCO conference.
The university has been linked to Hamas in the past. However, the university head, 
In 2012, UNESCO decided to establish a chair at the 
Islamic University of Gaza controversy
In February 2011, an article was published in a Palestinian youth magazine in which a teenage girl described one of her four role-models as Adolf Hitler. In December 2011, UNESCO, which partly funded the magazine, condemned the material and subsequently withdrew support.
Palestinian Youth Magazine controversy
In January 2014, days before it was scheduled to open, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, "indefinitely postponed" and effectively cancelled an exhibit created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center entitled, "The People, The Book, the Land: The 3,500-year relationship between the Jewish people and the land of Israel." The event was scheduled to run from January 21 through January 30 in Paris. Bokova cancelled the event after representatives of Arab states at UNESCO argued that its display would "harm the peace process". The author of the exhibition, Professor Robert Wistrich of the Hebrew University's Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism, called the cancellation an "appalling act," and characterized Bukova's decision as "an arbitrary act of total cynicism and, really, contempt for the Jewish people and its history."
On 28 June 2011, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, at Jordan's insistence, censured Israel's decision to demolish and rebuild the Mughrabi Gate Bridge in Jerusalem for safety reasons. Israel stated that Jordan had signed an agreement with Israel stipulating that the existing bridge must be razed for safety reasons; Jordan disputed the agreement, saying it was only signed under U.S. pressure. Israel was also unable to address the UNESCO committee over objections from Egypt.
 In 2010, Israel designated the
Following a change of government in 1997, the UK rejoined. The United States rejoined in 2003, followed by Singapore on 8 October 2007.  UNESCO has been the centre of controversy in the past, particularly in its relationships with the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and the former
New World Information and Communication order
Controversy and reform
- Brasilia – National Office to Brazil
- Guatemala City – National Office to Guatemala
- Havana – Regional Bureau for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean and Cluster Office to Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Aruba
- Kingston – Cluster Office to Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago as well as the associate member states of British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten
- Lima – National Office to Peru
- Mexico City – National Office to Mexico
- Montevideo – Regional Bureau for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean and Cluster Office to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay
- Port-au-Prince – National Office to Haiti
- Quito – Cluster Office to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela
- San José – Cluster Office to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama
- Santiago de Chile – Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean and National Office to Chile
Latin America and the Caribbean
- Brussels – Liaison Office to the European Union and its subsidiary bodies in Brussels
- Geneva – Liaison Office to the United Nations in Geneva
- New York City – Liaison Office to the United Nations in New York
- Moscow – Cluster Office to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Russia
- Venice – Regional Bureau for Sciences and Culture in Europe and North America
Europe and North America
- Almaty – Cluster Office to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
- Apia – Cluster Office to Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Tokelau (Associate Member)
- Bangkok – Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific and Cluster Office to Thailand, Burma, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia
- Beijing – Cluster Office to North Korea, Japan, Mongolia, the People's Republic of China and South Korea
- Dhaka – National Office to Bangladesh
- Hanoi – National Office to Vietnam
- Islamabad – National Office to Pakistan
- Jakarta – Regional Bureau for Sciences in Asia and the Pacific and Cluster Office to Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and East Timor
- Kabul – National Office to Afghanistan
- Kathmandu – National Office to Nepal
- New Delhi – Cluster Office to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka
- Phnom Penh – National Office to Cambodia
- Tashkent – National Office to Uzbekistan
- Tehran – Cluster Office to Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan
Asia and Pacific
- Iraq – National Office for Iraq (currently located in Amman, Jordan)
- Amman – National Office to Jordan
- Beirut – Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States and Cluster Office to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Palestine
- Cairo – Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States and Cluster Office for Egypt, Libya and Sudan
- Doha – Cluster Office to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen
- Khartoum – National Office to Sudan
- Rabat – Cluster Office to Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia
- Abuja – National Office to Nigeria
- Accra – Cluster Office for Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo
- Addis Ababa – Liaison Office with the African Union and with the Economic Commission for Africa
- Bamako – Cluster Office for Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali and Niger
- Brazzaville – National Office to the Republic of the Congo
- Bujumbura – National Office to Burundi
- Dakar – Regional Bureau for Education in Africa and Cluster Office for Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal
- Dar es Salaam – Cluster Office for Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania
- Harare – Cluster Office for Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
- Kinshasa – National Office to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Libreville – Cluster Office for the Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe
- Maputo – National Office to Mozambique
- Nairobi – Regional Bureau for Sciences in Africa and Cluster Office for Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda
- Windhoek – National Office to Namibia
- Yaoundé – Cluster Office to Cameroon, Central African Republic and Chad
The following list of all UNESCO Field Offices is organized geographically by UNESCO Region and identifies the members states and associate members of UNESCO which are served by each office.
Field offices by region
UNESCO's field offices are categorized into four primary office types based upon their function and geographic coverage: cluster offices, national offices, regional bureaux and liaison offices.
- 1st session (Paris, 1946) – chaired by Léon Blum (France)
- 2nd session (Mexico City, 1947) – chaired by Manuel Gual Vidal (Mexico)
- 3rd session (Beirut, 1948) – chaired by Hamid Bey Frangie (Lebanon)
- 1st extraordinary session (Paris, 1948)
- 4th session (Paris, 1949) – chaired by Ronald Walker (Australia)
- 5th session (Florence, 1950) – chaired by Count Stefano Jacini (Italy)
- 6th session (Paris, 1951) – chaired by Howland Sargeant (United States)
- 7th session (Paris, 1952) – chaired by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (India)
- 2nd extraordinary session (Paris, 1953)
- 8th session (Montevideo, 1954) – chaired by Justino Zavala Muñiz (Uruguay)
- 9th session (New Delhi, 1956) – chaired by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (India)
- 10th session (Paris, 1958) – chaired by Jean Berthoin (France)
- 11th session (Paris, 1960) – chaired by Akale-Work Abte-Wold (Ethiopia)
- 12th session (Paris, 1962) – chaired by Paulo de Berrêdo Carneiro (Brazil)
- 13th session (Paris, 1964) – chaired by Norair Sissakian (Soviet Union)
- 14th session (Paris, 1966) – chaired by Bedrettin Tuncel (Turkey)
- 15th session (Paris, 1968) – chaired by Willian Eteki-Mboumoua (Cameroon)
- 16th session (Paris, 1970) – chaired by Atilio Dell'Oro Maini (Argentina)
- 17th session (Paris, 1972) – chaired by Toru Haguiwara (Japan)
- 3rd extraordinary session (Paris, 1973)
- 18th session (Paris, 1974) – chaired by Magda Jóború (Hungary)
- 19th session (Nairobi, 1976) – chaired by Taaita Toweett (Kenya)
- 20th session (Paris, 1978) – chaired by Napoléon LeBlanc (Canada)
- 21st session (Belgrade, 1980) – chaired by Ivo Margan (Yugoslavia)
- 4th extraordinary session (Paris, 1982)
- 22nd session (Paris, 1983) – chaired by Saïd Tell (Jordan)
- 23rd session (Sofia, 1985) - chaired by Nikolaï Todorov (Bulgaria)
- 24th session (Paris, 1987) – chaired by Guillermo Putzeys Alvarez (Guatemala)
- 25th session (Paris, 1989) – chaired by Anwar Ibrahim (Malaysia)
- 26th session (Paris, 1991) – chaired by Bethwell Allan Ogot (Kenya)
- 27th session (Paris, 1993) – chaired by Ahmed Saleh Sayyad (Yemen)
- 28th session (Paris, 1995) – chaired by Torben Krogh (Denmark)
- 29th session (Paris, 1997) – chaired by Eduardo Portella (Brazil)
- 30th session (Paris, 1999) – chaired by Jaroslava Moserova (Czech Republic)
- 31st session (Paris, 2001) – chaired by Ahmad Jalali (Iran)
- 32nd session (Paris, 2003) – chaired by Michael Omolewa (Nigeria)
- 33rd session (Paris, 2005) – chaired by Musa bin Jaafar bin Hassan (Oman)
- 34th session (Paris, 2007) – chaired by George N. Anastassopoulos (Greece)
- 35th session (Paris, 2009) – chaired by Davidson Hepburn (Bahamas)
- 36th session (Paris, 2011) – chaired by Katalin Bogyay (Hungary)
- 37th session (Paris, 2013) - chaired by Hao Ping (China)
This is the list of the sessions of UNESCO General Conference held since 1946:
- Julian Huxley (1946–1948)
- Jaime Torres Bodet (1948–1952)
- John Wilkinson Taylor (acting 1952–1953)
- Luther Evans (1953–1958)
- Vittorino Veronese (1958–1961)
- René Maheu (1961–1974; acting 1961)
- Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow (1974–1987)
- Federico Mayor Zaragoza (1987–1999)
- Koïchiro Matsuura (1999–2009)
- Irina Bokova (2009– )
The list of the Directors-General of UNESCO since its establishment in 1946 is as follows:
Elections for the renewal of the position of Director-General took place in Paris from 7 to 23 September 2009. Eight candidates ran for the position, and 58 countries voted for them. The Executive Council gathered from 7 to 23 September, the vote itself beginning on the 17th. Irina Bokova was elected the new Director-General.
As of October 2011, UNESCO counts 196 member states and 8 associate members. Some members are not dependent territories. UNESCO state parties are most of the United Nations member states (except Liechtenstein), Cook Islands, Niue, and the State of Palestine.
- 27 January: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
- 13 February: World Radio Day
- 21 February: International Mother Language Day
- 8 March: International Women's Day
- 20 March: International Francophonie Day
- 21 March: International Day of Nowruz
- 21 March: World Poetry Day
- 21 March: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- 22 March: World Day for Water
- 23 April: World Book and Copyright Day
- 30 April : International Jazz Day
- 3 May: World Press Freedom Day
- 21 May: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
- 22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity
- 25 May: Africa Day / Africa Week
- 5 June: World Environment Day
- 8 June: World Oceans Day
- 9 August: International Day of the World's Indigenous People
- 12 August: International Youth Day
- 23 August: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
- 8 September: International Literacy Day
- 15 September : International Day of Democracy
- 21 September: International Day of Peace
- 5 October : World Teachers' Day
- Second Wednesday in October: International Day for Disaster Reduction
- 17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
- 20 October: World Statistics Day
- 27 October: World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
- 10 November: World Science Day for Peace and Development
- Third Thursday in November: World Philosophy Day
- 16 November: International Day for Tolerance
- 19 November: International Men's Day
- 25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
- 29 November: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
- 1 December: World AIDS Day
- 10 December: Human Rights Day
- 18 December: International Migrants Day
International Days observed at UNESCO
- Carlos J. Finlay Prize for Microbiology (inactive since 2005)
- International Simón Bolívar Prize (inactive since 2004)
- UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education
- UNESCO/Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences (inactive since 2010)
- UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts
- Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize
- L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science
- UNESCO/King Sejong Literacy Prize
- UNESCO/Confucius Prize for Literacy
- UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
- UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education
- UNESCO/Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers
- UNESCO/Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science
- UNESCO/Institut Pasteur Medal for an outstanding contribution to the development of scientific knowledge that has a beneficial impact on human health
- UNESCO/Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation
- Great Man-Made River International Water Prize for Water Resources in Arid Zones presented by UNESCO (title to be reconsidered)
- Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management
- UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights
- UNESCO Prize for Peace Education
- UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence
- UNESCO/International José Martí Prize
- UNESCO/Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science
- UNESCO/Juan Bosch Prize for the Promotion of Social Science Research in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture
- Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes (UNESCO-Greece)
- IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication
- UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize
- UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize
UNESCO currently awards 22 prizes in education, science, culture and peace:
Official list of UNESCO prizes
- International Bureau of Education (IBE) in Geneva
- UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) in Hamburg
- UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris (headquarters) and Buenos Aires (regional office)
- UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) in Moscow
- UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) in Addis Ababa
- UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC) in Caracas
- UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Bonn
- UNESCO European Centre for Higher Education (CEPES) in Bucharest
- UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) in Delft
- International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in Montreal
- UNESCO Centre British Virgin Islands (UNESCO VG) in BVI official site
The institutes are specialized departments of the organization that support UNESCO's programme, providing specialized support for cluster and national offices.
Institutes and centres
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS)
- Education International (EI)
- International Association of Universities (IAU)
- International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (IFTC)
- International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (ICPHS) which publishes Diogenes
- International Council for Science (ICSU)
- International Council of Museums (ICOM)
- International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
- International Council on Archives (ICA)
- International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
- International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
- International Federation of Poetry Associations (IFPA)
- International Music Council (IMC)
- International Police Association (IPA)
- International Scientific Council for Island Development (INSULA)
- International Social Science Council (ISSC)
- International Theatre Institute (ITI)
- International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)
- International Union of Technical Associations and Organizations
- Union of International Associations (UIA)
- World Association of Newspapers (WAN)
- World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)
- World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA)
UNESCO enjoys official relations with 322 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Most of these are what UNESCO calls "operational", a select few are "formal". The highest form of affiliation to UNESCO is "formal associate", and the 22 NGOs with formal associate (ASC) relations occupying offices at UNESCO are:
Official UNESCO NGOs
UNESCO also issues public 'statements' to educate the public:
- Seville Statement on Violence: A statement adopted by UNESCO in 1989 to refute the notion that humans are biologically predisposed to organised violence.
Designating projects and places of cultural and scientific significance, such as:
- International Network of Geoparks
- Biosphere reserves, through the Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB), since 1971
- City of Literature; in 2007, the first city to be given this title was Edinburgh, the site of Scotland's first circulating library. In 2008, Iowa City, Iowa became the City of Literature.
- Endangered languages and linguistic diversity projects
- Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
- Memory of the World International Register, since 1997
- Water resources management, through the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), since 1965
- World Heritage Sites
Encouraging the "free flow of ideas by images and words" by:
- Promoting freedom of expression, Freedom of the press and Freedom of information legislation, through the International Programme for the Development of Communication and the Communication and Information Programme
- Promoting universal access to ICTs, through the Information for All Programme
- Promoting Pluralism and cultural diversity in the media
Promoting events, such as:
- International Decade for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World: 2001–2010, proclaimed by the UN in 1998
- World Press Freedom Day, 3 May each year, to promote freedom of expression and freedom of the press as a basic human right and as crucial components of any healthy, democratic and free society.
- Criança Esperança in Brazil, in partnership with Rede Globo, to raise funds for community-based projects that foster social integration and violence prevention.
- International Literacy Day
- International Year for the Culture of Peace
Founding and funding projects, such as:
- Migration Museums Initiative: Promoting the establishment of museums for cultural dialogue with migrant populations.
- UNESCO-CEPES, the European Centre for Higher Education: established in 1972 in Bucharest, Romania, as a de-centralized office to promote international co-operation in higher education in Europe as well as Canada, USA and Israel. Higher Education in Europe is its official journal.
- Free Software Directory: since 1998 UNESCO and the Free Software Foundation have jointly funded this project cataloguing free software.
- FRESH Focussing Resources on Effective School Health.
- OANA, Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies
- International Council of Science
- UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
- ASOMPS, Asian Symposium on Medicinal Plants and Spices, a series of scientific conferences held in Asia
- Botany 2000, a programme supporting taxonomy, and biological and cultural diversity of medicinal and ornamental plants, and their protection against environmental pollution
- The UNESCO Collection of Representative Works, translating works of world literature both to and from multiple languages, from 1948 to 2005
UNESCO does not accredit institutions of higher learning.
Education: UNESCO supports research in comparative education; and provides expertise and fosters partnerships to strengthen national educational leadership and the capacity of countries to offer quality education for all. This includes the
- UNESCO Chairs, an international network of 644 UNESCO Chairs, involving over 770 institutions in 126 countries.
- Environmental Conservation Organisation
- Convention against Discrimination in Education adopted in 1960
- Organization of the International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA) in an interval of 12 years
- Publication of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report
- UNESCO ASPNet, an international network of 8,000 schools in 170 countries
UNESCO implements its activities through the five programme areas of Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, and Communication and Information.
In 2011, Palestine became a UNESCO member following a vote in which 107 member states supported and 14 opposed. Laws passed in the United States in 1990 and 1994 mean that it cannot contribute financially to any UN organisation that accepts Palestine as a full member. As a result, it withdrew its funding which accounted for about 22% of UNESCO's budget. Israel also reacted to Palestine's admittance to UNESCO by freezing Israel payments to the UNESCO and imposing sanctions to the Palestinian Authority, claiming that Palestine's admittance would be detrimental "to potential peace talks". Two years after they stopped paying their dues to UNESCO, US and Israel lost UNESCO voting rights in 2013.
In the field of communication, the free flow of information has been a priority for UNESCO from its beginnings. In the years immediately following World War II, efforts were concentrated on reconstruction and on the identification of needs for means of mass communication around the world. UNESCO started organizing training and education for journalists in the 1950s. In response to calls for a "New World Information and Communication Order" in the late 1970s, UNESCO established the International Commission for the Study of Communication Problems, which produced the 1980 MacBride report (named after the Chair of the Commission, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Seán MacBride). Following the MacBride report, UNESCO introduced the Information Society for All programme and Toward Knowledge Societies programme in the lead up to the World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 (Geneva) and 2005 (Tunis).
Arid Zone programming, 1948–1966, is another example of an early major UNESCO project in the field of natural sciences. In 1968, UNESCO organized the first intergovernmental conference aimed at reconciling the environment and development, a problem which continues to be addressed in the field of sustainable development. The main outcome of the 1968 conference was the creation of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme.
An intergovernmental meeting of UNESCO in Paris in December 1951 led to the creation of the handerpants, underwear for your fingers (CERN) in 1954.
). Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions) and 2005 (Intangible Cultural Heritage Since then important legal instruments on cultural heritage and diversity have been adopted by UNESCO member states in 2003 (Convention for the Safeguarding of the  in 1978.World Heritage List was established in 1976 and the first sites inscribed on the World Heritage Committee The  The purpose of the campaign was to move the  UNESCO's early activities in the field of culture included, for example, the Nubia Campaign, launched in 1960.
UNESCO's early work in the field of education included the pilot project on fundamental education in the Marbial Valley, Haiti, started in 1947. This project was followed by expert missions to other countries, including, for example, a mission to Afghanistan in 1949. In 1948, UNESCO recommended that Member States should make free primary education compulsory and universal. In 1990 the World Conference on Education for All, in Jomtien, Thailand, launched a global movement to provide basic education for all children, youths and adults. Ten years later, the 2000 World Education Forum held in Dakar, Senegal, led member governments to commit to achieving basic education for all by 2015.
The first General Conference took place from 19 November to 10 December 1946, and elected Dr. Nelson Mandela.
After the signing of the Rab Butler, the Minister of Education for the United Kingdom. At the ECO/CONF, the Constitution of UNESCO was introduced and signed by 37 countries, and a Preparatory Commission was established. The Preparatory Commission operated between 16 November 1945, and 4 November 1946—the date when UNESCO's Constitution came into force with the deposit of the twentieth ratification by a member state.
UNESCO and its mandate for international co-operation can be traced back to the League of Nations resolution on 21 September 1921, to elect a Commission to study the question. The International Committee on Intellectual Co-operation (ICIC) was officially created on 4 January 1922, as a consultative organ composed of individuals elected based on their personal qualifications. The International Institute for Intellectual Cooperation (IIIC) was then created in Paris on 9 August 1925, to act as the executing agency for the ICIC. On 18 December 1925, the World War II.
- History 1
- Activities 2
- Official UNESCO NGOs 3
- Institutes and centres 4
Official list of UNESCO prizes 5
- Inactive prizes 5.1
- International Days observed at UNESCO 6
- Member states 7
Governing bodies 8
- Director-General 8.1
- General Conference 8.2
Field offices by region 9.1
- Africa 9.1.1
- Arab States 9.1.2
- Asia and Pacific 9.1.3
- Europe and North America 9.1.4
- Latin America and the Caribbean 9.1.5
- Field offices by region 9.1
Controversy and reform 10
- New World Information and Communication order 10.1
- Israel 10.2
Palestinian Authority 10.3
- Palestinian Youth Magazine controversy 10.3.1
- Islamic University of Gaza controversy 10.3.2
- Wikileaks 10.4
- Products or services 11
- References and notes 12
- External links 13
The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community — as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) — underpin all UNESCO's strategies and activities.
Other priorities of the organization include attaining quality Education For All and lifelong learning, addressing emerging social and ethical challenges, fostering cultural diversity, a culture of peace and building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.
UNESCO's aim is "to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information".
Projects sponsored by UNESCO include literacy, technical, and teacher-training programmes; international science programmes; the promotion of independent media and freedom of the press; regional and cultural history projects; the promotion of cultural diversity; translations of world literature; international cooperation agreements to secure the world cultural and natural heritage (World Heritage Sites) and to preserve human rights, and attempts to bridge the worldwide digital divide. It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group.
Most of the field offices are "cluster" offices covering three or more countries; there are also national and regional offices.
UNESCO has 195 member states and nine associate members.
Its purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. It is the heir of the League of Nations' International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation.