UNESCO Support

A Brief History of UNESCO

The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.

To fulfill its mandate, UNESCO performs five principal functions :

  • Prospective Studies : exploring forms of education, science, culture and communication for tomorrow's world
  • The advancement, transfer and sharing of knowledge : relying primarily on research, training and teaching activities
  • Standard-setting action : the preparation and adoption of international instruments and statutory recommendations
  • Expertise: provided to Member States for their development policies and projects in the form of "technical co-operation"
  • Exchange of specialized information

Visit UNESCO's Web site at www.unesco.org.