International Scientific Committee


The objective of the UNESCO History Project is to encourage research on the history of the Organization, in particular on its ideas and the set of values UNESCO has worked for since its creation in 1945. The Project aims at promoting UNESCO’s archives among the general public and researchers, to examine the Organization’s place in the sphere of international relations and to initiate a wide range of studies on the action and impact of the Organization.
The approach is to multiply different approaches, to encourage critical, multidisciplinary reflections on the Organization’s past. In particular, the project should foster a more “decentralized” way of understanding this history by looking at the Organization’s action through the perception and experience by actors in the “field” or the “periphery” rather than merely seen from the “centre”.

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The International Scientific Committee for the UNESCO History Project was established by the Director-General of UNESCO and met for the first time on 30 June 2006. In his welcoming speech, the Director-General emphasized the important role of the distinguished members of this independent Committee in managing the History Project and inspiring a new set of historical works on UNESCO.