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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). Its foregoer was the League of Nations'. It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group.

Headquarter Paris, France
Parent organization United Nations Economic and Social Council
Member states UNESCO has 193 member states and 11 associate members.
Report Education for All Global Monitoring Report


  • Contribute to encouraging international collaboration in education, sciences, and culture in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom stated in the United Nations Charter.
  • The broad goals and objectives of the international community—as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) now sustainable development goals
  • Literacy, technical, and teacher-training programs, international science programs, 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's cultural and natural heritage (World Heritage Sites) and to preserve human rights
  • To contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the culture, sciences, communication and information"
  • 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 comprehensive knowledge societies through communication and information.

Focus areas of working:

  • Natural sciences,
  • Social/human sciences
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Communication/information.


  • Director-General
  • General Conference
  • Executive Board (UNESCO’s top decision-making body)