The Organization has 54 field offices around the world. Its headquarters are located in Paris, France.
Its mission 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.
The Organization focuses, in particular, on two global priorities, Africa and Gender equality, and supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, through all its programmes.
Ha Noi, 12 October 2017 – With the ever-growing role of youth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, UNESCO and UNFPA jointly led a two-day workshop from 11-12 October on strengthening the inclusion of young people within the review of youth polic...More
The 58 members of UNESCO’s Executive Board on 13 October nominated Audrey Azoulay of France for the position of Director-General of the Organization, replacing outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova. The nomination will be submitted to the vote of the Gene...More
Within the framework of Viet Nam Internet Forum 2017 #Digitalforgood, hosted by the Embassy of Sweden and the Ministry of Information and Communications in Vietnam, UNESCO invites all stakeholders to complete a questionnaire on defining Internet Universali...More
The livelihoods of millions of people in Asia-Pacific – some 3-11% of all workers in countries where data are available – depend on the cultural or creative industries. This number includes those who working directly in cultural industries in a cultural or...More
A model that has revitalized teacher training in parts of rural China as well as a flexible learning programme designed to help Southeast Asian teachers keep pace with rapid technological advances are the co-winners of the 2017 Wenhui Award for Educational...More
UNESCO Bangkok will work with the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) to bolster political will and improve policy outcomes around comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in Asia-Pacific. The two-year project, “Parliamenta...More
The “ Generation What? Europe ” transmedia campaign led to hundreds of thousands of young people sharing their thoughts on the issues that matter most to them and a broad range of media content being created around their responses. UNESCO, French productio...More
The pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) in primary education is as high as 46:1 in some countries in Asia-Pacific and the lack of qualifications at this level is a major obstacle to quality education in the region. These are among the findings drawn from the latest...More
Dr Lakshmi Ramachandran is a Scientific Writer and Outreach Coordinator with the National University of Singapore’s Mechanobiology Institute and was a delegate at UNESCO’s recent International Symposium and Policy Forum, “ Cracking the code: girls' educati...More
Teachers are a critical foundation of every society’s long-term strength -- providing children, young people and adults with the knowledge and skills they need to fulfill their potential. But around the world, far too many teachers don’t have the freedom a...More
Afra Feyza Toksal was that stellar student that teachers dream about. She consistently ranked first among her peers in primary and secondary school, breezing through standardized exams in her native Turkey to earn a place in one of the country’s most well...More
The three days WESTPAC workshop on Microplastics (20- 22 September 2017) finally culminated in a strong willingness to conduct joint research and monitoring of microplastics in the region. Microplastics are small pieces of plastic found in the ocean, commo...More
In celebration of the 2017 International Day for Universal Access to Information, Kepios.com released a new report on the state of digital penetration in the Asia and Pacific region. The new report showed that there is a healthy growth in digital connectiv...More
New data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics show that 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. The figure signals “a learning crisis” according to the UIS, which could thr...More
For BBC presenter Zeinab Badawi, the debate around the media’s role in limiting girls’ educational and work choices is a personal one with roots going back to her great-grandfather’s pioneering efforts to break gender barriers in education in Sudan generat...More
Countries of Western and Central Asia such as Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan share cultural and historical commonalities. These commonalities are reflected in the documentary heritage of the region such as the...More